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American University — School of International Service

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
School of International Service
Admissions Deadlines:
January 15 (Fall), October 1 (Spring). Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed at the discretion of the School but will not be considered for fellowships/scholarships.
Admissions Cycle:
Fall and Spring.
Program Start:
Fall (August); Spring (January)
Program Founded:
April, 2013


The financial benefit to Fellows is 6 credits of tuition remission towards their degree.


The School of International Service (SIS) at American University is a proud participant in the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, established by the Peace Corps in 1985 to promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. After serving as Peace Corps Volunteers, SIS students bring home valuable experience and skills in education, program development, youth development, and cultural understanding. The Coverdell Fellows program is designed to extend these skills and experience to serve needs in our local Washington D.C. communities.

The SIS mission of public service, environmental stewardship, human rights, and social justice align naturally with the Peace Corps ideals of promoting world peace and friendship. SIS Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) partner with local Washington D.C. community partners and schools to apply the experience and skills they gained in the Peace Corps to serve the local D.C. community. The Fellows’ substantive international service experience enhance students’ international exposure and enrich classroom discussions through service learning projects, peace education, film, tutoring, and global and international studies curriculum development.

SIS Fellows bring their service home, thereby fulfilling the third goal of Peace Corps by serving the local community or population. Volunteers are matched to partner service sites each semester in a competitive application process which takes into account their strengths, experience, and the needs of the organizations. Service partners match closely with the goals and values of both SIS and the Peace Corps, and they all focus on serving the local population.


Admission to the master's program at SIS requires students to: 

  • Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (the average GPA of incoming students is 3.5 on a 4.0 scale);
  • Have completed at least 24 hours of social science course work relevant to international studies;
  • Submit official transcripts (with translation if applicable) from each institution of higher learning previously attended;
  • Submit a resume;
  • Submit a statement of purpose;
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (at least one of which must be from an academic source) evaluating undergraduate academic performance and suitability for graduate study in international affairs;
  • Submit results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Stephen W. Angelsmith
Director of Peace Corps Programs

SIS Graduate Admissions
School of International Service
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20016-8071
(202) 885-1652
(202) 885-1109