Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

Continue on your path of engagement, public service, and social justice through Suffolk's Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program.

Suffolk University highly values the experience of and skills possessed by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). As stated in the Suffolk University mission statement, “...[our] diverse community builds on its dedication and excellence in education and scholarship to empower graduates to be successful locally, regionally, and globally.”

We engage our students, alumni, and the broader community in collaborative relationships that promote local and global connections, enhancing learning and scholarship – a core value that closely aligns with the mission of the Peace Corps.

Student Benefits

  • The application fee will be waived for all RPCVs applying to the Coverdell Fellows program.
  • All accepted Fellows will be awarded a scholarship equivalent to at least 30% of their tuition charges (some students may be eligible for a higher merit-based award). Awards will renew up to a total of four semesters for full-time enrollment or eight semesters for part-time enrollment (minimum of 6 credits per semester). Scholarships are available for the fall and spring semesters only.
  • As part of their studies, Coverdell Fellows will complete an internship at a site that (a) benefits an underserved population, (b) complements the curriculum of the graduate program, and (c) aligns with the students’ goals.

Participating Graduate Programs

The following graduate programs are approved to accept Coverdell Fellows:

College of Arts & Sciences

Sawyer Business School


Applicants must have an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have satisfactorily completed their Peace Corps service. Admission decisions are based on a number of factors, including prior academic performance, relevant experience (e.g. your time volunteering with the Peace Corps, professional work experience, etc.), test scores (if required), the goal statement (essay), recommendations, and your fit in the program. For a full list of application requirements, please visit the Application Requirements page as well as the specific degree program pages (see above).