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Illinois State University — Applied Economics-Community/Economic Development

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
Applied Economics-Community/Economic Development
Degrees Awarded:
Applied Economics (MA), Applied Economics (MS)
Admissions Deadlines:

March 1st for fullest consideration.

Admissions Cycle:


Program Start:
Program Founded:
March, 1994


Graduate assistantship ($915/month) during Fall and Spring semesters; stipend ($1,858/month) during 11-month professional practice internship; 100% tuition waiver worth up to $27,924 over 2-year program; other benefits. Please see Financial Support.



Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are passionate about social change through service have a home at Illinois State University's Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development. The Fellows Program is designed for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to take their careers to the next level.

Through coursework and an 11-month paid internship, students earn a master’s degree in Applied Economics, Political Science, or Sociology. Within each degree program, the Applied Community/Economic Development Sequence covers a range of topics, including project design and management, grant writing, and other subjects in administration and planning. Additionally, each student drives an individual research agenda in areas like sustainable development, food systems, microfinance, and housing.

The Fellows Program is interdisciplinary, relevant, and challenging, with a powerful combination of benefits:

•             Generous financial support for every student we accept:  A full tuition waiver, a graduate assistantship with stipend, and a paid internship.

•             A truly interdisciplinary classroom:  Our students benefit from their peers’ and faculty’s range of expertise and diverse backgrounds.

•              Service/Work/Internship Opportunities:  Fellows apply their knowledge through an 11-month paid internship with organizations and in communities across the U.S.—a great platform for the next career move.  Host organizations are as varied as the Fellows.  (See Professional Practice.)

•             Individual attention:  Illinois State University has the resources of a large university with the feel of a small school. The Stevenson Center is also small by design, with seminar-sized classes and strong faculty and staff support.

The kinds of skills applied and level of responsibility during the internship allow alumni to pursue development work both in the U.S. and overseas. Affiliated faculty and staff have expertise in a range of topics to support Fellows’ projects.




Please see Admissions Information.

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

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Beverly Beyer
Associate Director

Stevenson Center--Community & Economic Development
Campus Box 4200
Normal, Illinois 61790-4200
(309) 438-7090
(309) 438-5228

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