Public Health

Peace Corps/Coverdell Fellowship

The MU Master of Public Health Program is pleased to be a participant in the Coverdell Fellows Program. This program provides graduate students who are returned Peace Corps volunteers an opportunity to utilize and build upon their overseas experience. Service learning and civic engagement are an integral component of each returning Peace Corps Volunteer. Engagement with local communities is active, developed in partnership with those affected, and mutually beneficial to all involved.

Coverdell Fellows receive a departmental assistantship that carries a tuition waiver, subsidized health insurance, and a competitive annual stipend toward financing their graduate education. Volunteers can apply for the Fellows/USA any time after they complete their Peace Corps service.


Coverdell Fellows in Public Health are supported by a nine-month, half-time (0.50 FTE) assistantship stipend, renewable for a second year upon satisfactory progress in the Master’s program. The fellowship provides a full educational tuition waiver (also renewable for a second year) and subsidized health insurance. Students are responsible for paying university fees.

Program description

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship in the Master of Public Health Program offers advanced training an interdisciplinary perspective that complements the Peace Corps mission. The MPH degree consists of 45 hours of graduate-level coursework that includes an internship and a capstone project.

Application process

When funding is available, one Peace Corps Fellow will be selected. Please email to find out if the fellowship is available.

Applicants must first submit an application to the MPH program. Peace Corps Fellow applicants must also upload their Certification of Service and a 1-2 page essay discussing how applying their Peace Corps work to public health in Missouri during their MPH program. Applications must be submitted by February 1 to be considered for the academic year beginning in the Fall.

The admissions committee will choose and notify the winner by March 1. The candidate will then have until April 15 to accept the fellowship offer.