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Future Generations Graduate School — Graduate Program

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
Graduate Program
Degrees Awarded:
Applied Community Change (MA), Concentrations in Conservation and Peacebuilding
Admissions Deadlines:

October 1, 2014 for the MA in Applied Community Change with concentration in Conservation

Admissions Cycle:

Every year

Program Start:
January 5, 2015 (Conservation concentration)
Program Founded:
January, 2003


Coverdell Fellows will receive a $10,000 tuition discount, lowering the tuition to $25,000 for the two-year program. This includes all in-country expenses during each of the four month-long study abroad residentials. Fellows are only responsible for their airfare to and from the country. FGGS is not a residential institution, so apart from the residentials, students live at home. The first year, Fellows will be able to work, helping to offset some of the expenses; the second year, however, they will be engaged in the West Virginia internship. The Graduate School and the partnering organization will locate discount housing for the Fellow.


The Future Generations Graduate School was founded in 2003, and in 2010, received full accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Graduate School shares a mission with its founder, Future Generations, a civil society organization founded in 1992. Both are committed to teaching and enabling a process of equitable community change.

The Graduate School offers an MA in Applied Community Change with concentrations in Conservation and Peacebuilding. Both concentrations are inter-disciplinary and founded on a pedagogy which combines interactive online learning, field visits abroad, and applied research and project implementation in students communities. Students remain in their home communities during the two-year program except for the four months away during the residentials. The Graduate School recruits emerging leaders and development practitioners worldwide who are committed to the well-being of their communities.

Coverdell Fellows will live at home the first year of the MA program and will begin the West Virginia internship following the Term III residential, during the second year. Their applied research practicum will be carried out in their internship community, not in the Fellow`s home community. A one-week orientation at the Future Generations headquarters will be required at the beginning of the program.


Coverdell applicants will follow the same basic application process as other students. They will be required to submit the following:.

  • Application form (downloaded) with section specific to Coverdell applicants
  • CV
  • Bachelor's degree transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Community Statement. Fellows` "community" will be the internship community. Since they are not yet familiar with this community, their Community Statement should describe their Peace Corps service and how they feel lessons and skills learned overseas can be incorporated into their service in a West Virginia community.

Coverdell applicants should go to www.future.edu, click on "Admissions" and then click on "Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program."

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

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Christie Hand
Coverdell Campus Coordinator

390 Road Less Traveled
Franklin, West Virginia 26807
(304) 358-2000
(304) 358-7384

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