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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 offer 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.

Qualified incoming Returned Peace Corps Volunteers* pursuing the On Campus MSW Program or Part-Time Online MSW Program are welcome to apply to the Coverdell Fellows Scholarship.

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

If you have questions please contact the Office of Global Activities at (734) 936-1964 or sswpeacecorpsfellows@umich.edu

  • Returning Peace Corps Volunteers applying to be a Coverdell Fellow are eligible for an application fee waiver.
  • If you are applying for the Coverdell Fellows Scholarship, please answer “yes” to the question, “Do you plan to apply to an SSW Special Program?” found on the Financial Assistance page of the MSW application and then select the Coverdell Fellows Scholarship checkbox. The Coverdell Fellows Scholarship application page will be added to the end of your MSW application. You will need to enter in your dates of service and upload your Description of Service on the Coverdell Fellows Scholarship application page. If you do not have a DOS because you are currently serving in the Peace Corps, please ask your country director or program manager for a brief letter verifying your status as a Peace Corps Volunteer. This letter may be uploaded in place of the DOS. You will be able to submit your MSW application without paying the application fee.
  • Unfortunately application fee refunds are not available once an applicant has paid the application fee. Please contact ssw.msw.info@umich.edu if you are applying for the Coverdell Scholarship and are prompted to pay an application fee.

Learn more about our current Coverdell Fellows »

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