Jump to Content or Main Navigation

Scenic images from the field

Florida Institute of Technology — Graduate Environmental Fellows Program

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
Graduate Environmental Fellows Program
Degrees Awarded:
Biological Science (MS), Biological Science (PhD), Chemical Engineering (MS), Chemical Engineering (PhD), Civil Engineering (MS), Civil Engineering (PhD), Environmental Education (MS), Environmental Resource Management (MS), Environmental Science (MS), Environmental Science (PhD), Meteorology (MS), Ocean Engineering (MS), Ocean Engineering (PhD), Oceanography (MS), Oceanography (PhD), Science Education (EdS), Science Education (MS), Science Education (PhD)
Admissions Deadlines:

For most programs, 4-6 weeks prior to start of new term. For programs in the Department of Biological Sciences, March 15. For additional information visit http://www.fit.edu/catalog, and in the Index, use "Application Deadlines" to locate the specific page(s) for this.

Program Start:
August, January
Program Founded:
July, 1999


At present, only Fellows enrolled in Science Education and Environmental Education degree programs receive a 1/3 tuition waiver. This does not apply to Fellows enrolled in other, non-education GEFP degree programs. To obtain support in non-education degree programs and additional support in education degree programs, Fellows must rely on university and departmental fellowships, assistantships, paid internships, staff positions, external employment, loans, and/or fellowship opportunities outside the university. In the future, additional tuition and stipend support remains contingent on fund-raising efforts.


Masters degree programs in the Graduate Environmental Fellows Program are two year programs (minimum) designed for returning Peace Corps volunteers with Bachelor's coursework and Peace Corps experience in an environmentally related area. In addition, advanced graduate degree programs are typically three year (minimum) programs designed for returning Peace Corps volunteers with Masters coursework and Peace Corps experience in a relevant area. This Program offers degrees in four environmental areas (i.e., science, engineering, management and education). This Program combines coursework in a selected M.S. or advanced graduate degree program and related internship experience with a partnering institution in the region. Regional partners include Federal, State, regional and county environmental agencies; county school districts; private scientific and educational institutions; and conservation organizations. The end-of program requirement (i.e., M.S.: Thesis, Non-Thesis Project, Capstone Internship; Ph.D.: Dissertation) may be completed with a cooperating partner.


All of the above Master's degree programs require a Bachelor's degree in a related field, with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Most of the above Ph.D. programs require a Master's degree in a related field, with a GPA of 3.2 or above, although the Ph.D. program in the Department of Biological Sciences may be entered with only a Bachelor's degree. Applicants are required to submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions: a completed application form, official transcripts for all college/university coursework, GRE scores (except for programs in education), a resume, a Description of Service, a Statement of Objectives, and three Letters of Recommendation. Admission is competitive. Please visit www.fit.edu/grad for more detailed information.

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

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Dr. Tom Marcinkowski
Associate Professor

Graduate Environmental Fellows Program
150 W. University Boulevard
Melbourne, Florida 32901-6975
(321) 674-8946
(321) 674-7598

Find Local Events

Peace Corps recruiters appear at information sessions, campus and community events, and career fairs. Pick a state and find a Peace Corps event near you.

Peace Corps Digital Library