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Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The University of Michigan School of Social Work (U-M SSW) in conjunction with the Peace Corps is pleased to announce the availability of a Coverdell Fellows Program. The Coverdell Fellows Program provides Returned Peace Corps Volunteers the opportunity to earn a Master in Social Work at the University of Michigan through our Community-Based Initiative program. Qualified incoming Returned Peace Corps Volunteers* will be selected each year to be Coverdell Fellows and participate in the Community-Based Initiative.

*See the Eligibility tab below for more information on the various types of Peace Corps service that qualify.

Coverdell Fellows in the U-M SSW will be a part of the school's Community-Based Initiative program. The purpose of the Community-Based Initiative in Detroit (CBI) is to train and support a new generation of social workers dedicated to community and social change in urban cities, neighborhoods, and communities. This is done through coursework and field placements based in Detroit and surrounding areas including Highland Park, Hamtramck, and Dearborn. Upon graduation, CBI scholars work as community organizers, policymakers, program planners, organization managers and administrators, evaluators, and foundation staff within Michigan, the US, and internationally.

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Applicants that meet one of the criteria below are eligible to apply for the School of Social Work Coverdell Fellows Program

  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have satisfactorily completed their Peace Corps service
  • Returned Peace Corps Response (PCR) Volunteers who serve at least one 12-month tour or a combination of shorter tours that amount to at least 12 months
  • Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) who serve at least one 12-month tour or a combination of shorter tours that amount to at least 12 months

Learn more about our current Coverdell Fellows »

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