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Peace Corps Paul. D. Coverdell Fellows Program

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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. Qualified incoming Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will be selected each year to be Coverdell Fellows and participate in the Community-Based Initiative. 

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 must be Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have satisfactorily completed their Peace Corps service.
  • Students must be enrolled in the 16-month curriculum schedule.
  • Applicants must select the Community and Social Systems practice area; and may select from the following practice method concentrations: Community Organization, Management of Human Services, or Social Policy and Evaluation.
  • Coverdell Fellows must complete a CBI- approved field placement, which they will choose from a wide range of field placement sites


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