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Application FAQs

The Waiting List

  • Why did I get placed on the waiting list?

    The Peace Corps application process is extremely competitive, with many more qualified applicants than available positions. Regrettably, we are not able to offer every qualified candidate an invitation to serve.  Recently, the Peace Corps began offering qualified candidates who would have otherwise been not selected the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list.  If a position becomes available in a waiting list candidate’s designated program prior to departure, the candidate will be given the opportunity to accept the invitation and fill the available position. 

  • What is the likelihood, if selected for the waiting list, that I will be actually invited to serve in the Peace Corps?

    There is no guarantee that a waiting list candidate will be invited to serve, but because invited candidates drop out for a variety of reasons after invitation, we anticipate that we will select waiting list candidates for many country departures.  Waiting list candidates who are selected for service will be notified on an ongoing basis. 

  • Will I be considered for service in other positions or in other countries if not selected from the waiting list, or will I need to reapply?

    Waiting list candidates are considered only for openings in their designated program. If a position does not become available in their designated program, waiting list candidates are encouraged to reapply, and to work closely with their recruiters to acquire additional skills that may strengthen their application in the future.

  • What happens if I choose not to accept my waiting list invitation? Will this impact my chances of being selected in the future?

    Each Peace Corps application is evaluated on its own merits. Your decision to accept or decline your wait list invitation will not impact your application should you decide to reapply for service in the future. 

  • Does the Peace Corps rank waiting list candidates?

    No, the Peace Corps will not rank waiting list candidates. When a vacancy arises for a designated country we will select for that position the best available waiting list candidate.

  • Since there will be costs associated with the medical clearance process, am I guaranteed an invitation?

    Unfortunately, a waiting list invitation is not a guarantee of an invitation to serve. However, waiting list candidates will have access to the same cost-sharing programs for medical expenses as invited candidates. For more information on this cost-sharing program, please see the frequently asked questions section of your Medical Applicant Portal (MAP).

  • Why should I accept a waiting list invitation?

    Whether or not to accept a waiting list invitation is a personal choice and a decision that will need to be made by each individual candidate. The benefit of accepting a waiting list invitation is that it provides an opportunity for the candidate to be invited for Peace Corps service to a designated program, should a position become available. If a candidate chooses not to accept a waiting list invitation and is still interested in Peace Corps service, the candidate will always have the opportunity to reapply.  

  • When will I be notified that I am no longer on the waiting list?

    Waiting list candidates who are not selected for service three weeks before the scheduled country departure will be notified that a position did not become available and will be encouraged to reapply. 

Last updated Sep 23 2014

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