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University of Maryland - Baltimore County - Erickson School of Aging

About this program

Founded by the Shriver family, The Peaceworker Program is a direct legacy of Sargent Shriver and President Kennedy's vision of the impact of Peace Corps Volunteers returning home ready to apply the lessons and experience they gained abroad.

Each year the Peaceworker Program invites 6-8 RPCVs for a rigorous, cohort-based, two year social change leadership program integrating three key components:

  • Full-time graduate study. Peaceworkers study in any of UMBCs graduate programs or select Consortium programs.
  • Community Engagement (20hrs/wk). Community placements range from positions engaged in direct service to others serving indirectly through research or evaluation. We partner with organizations small and large focused upon meeting needs including: literacy and education, youth services, public health, homelessness and poverty, immigrant services, and more. In addition, some fellows work with partners on the UMBC campus that serve a social mission that aligns closely with the Peaceworker values.
  • Ethical reflection seminars and retreats designed to enable Peaceworkers to integrate the practical, theoretical, and moral dimensions of their experience.

Over the course of two years, Peaceworkers develop the knowledge, skills, and reflection tools needed to understand deep-rooted structural challenges and discern authentic and creative solutions.

We are looking for RPCVs who are passionate about making a difference, interested in translating their service abroad into engaged experiences in Baltimore, and ready to join a community of aspiring social change leaders. The Shriver Peaceworker Program is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive fellows community and encourages applications from minority candidates and groups underrepresented in their areas of graduate study and professional interest.

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  • Year partnership began: 2001
  • Fellowships awarded per year (average): 6 to 8

Application requirements

Peaceworker requires: Application Form; Personal Statement; 2 emails for references; Unofficial Transcripts; Peace Corps DOS; GRE not required but may be required by your academic program of choice.

NOTE: Peaceworker application and application to graduate program are entirely separate- please refer to your program’s website for details on requirements and admissions deadlines. You must apply to BOTH your graduate program(s) of choice and the Peaceworker program. You must be admitted to your graduate program in order to be offered a Peaceworker fellowship, so we encourage you to apply to your graduate program at the same time as you apply for Peaceworker, even if the application deadline is later.

Admissions process

RPCVs apply separately to Graduate Program (please follow their requirements and timeline) and to the Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program (please follow our requirements and timeline listed here):

Fellowships are awarded in April and May and require admission to a participating graduate program.

Degrees awarded

Master of Arts in Management of Aging Services

Benefits and opportunities

In-state Out-of-state
Tuition and fees $30,000 $50,000
Value of fellowship $86,000 $106,000
Net cost $0 + additional benefits $0 + additional benefits

Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing. See cost savings details for more.

Estimated annual cost of living: $24,000

Cost savings details

The Peaceworker Fellowship covers annually 20 credits of tuition (40 credits over 2 years, which covers most Masters programs), a living stipend of around $22,000 ($45,000 over 2 years), and health insurance coverage (year around for 2 years). This package is connected with a required 20hr/week placement with a community partner organization. Peaceworker fellows are responsible for their individual university fees (about $1,000 per semester). Because the Peaceworker program accepts applications from many graduate programs at multiple institutions, the benefits are not exactly the same for every program. The benefits are as described for UMBC, but for consortium fellows, the tuition benefit functions as a scholarship in the amount of 10 credits of in-state tuition at UMBC, which in some cases does not cover full tuition at other institutions; please see our website for further details about consortium tuition benefits. The living stipend and insurance are as described for all fellows.


Each Peaceworker Fellow works in a part-time (20 hrs./wk.) community based position focused as closely as possible on the area of social concern to which they are drawn. Peaceworker community service placements are diverse, ranging from positions engaged in direct service (leading afterschool youth programs or neighborhood services programs, for example) to others serving indirectly (advocacy, policy, administration, or conducting evaluations for a partner organization). In addition, some fellows work with partners on the UMBC campus that serve a social mission that aligns closely with the Peaceworker values.

We partner with organizations, small and large, that are focused upon meeting diverse social needs including: literacy and education, youth services, public health, homelessness and poverty, inter-cultural/international services, and community development. Fellows’ work in these placements serves not only the Greater Baltimore community but also constitutes an opportunity for experiential learning, allowing Fellows to develop practical and professional skills and gain first hand knowledge of the complex social problems confronting the United States and its cities.

Service placements are required for the full two years and are correlated with the Peaceworkers graduate study. Integration of community service and academic learning in the form of traditional topic research, program evaluation, and participatory action research are highly encouraged.

Other opportunities

Peaceworker Fellows are supported to participate in all program related seminars, events, and retreats. The Peaceworker fellowship includes significant mentoring, community support, and professional development. Fellows have a number of opportunities to meet and network with alumni of the program.

Jobs for alumni

Peaceworker Alums are all continuing in lives and careers of service and civic engagement. As an interdisciplinary group with diverse areas of passion and training they are working across sectors and issue areas. Peaceworker Alums hold positions in public agencies at local, state, and federal levels; they are teaching in public schools, leading programs for small and large nonprofits serving vulnerable populations; they are staff or faculty in higher education, they are social entrepreneurs starting innovative programs, and more. Peaceworker Alums are also part of an engaged social and professional community that grows with each graduating class!

Nontraditional options

Most classes are offered in the evening. All students must be enrolled fulltime each semester for Fellowship.

Contact information

Charlotte Keniston
Valerie Pasión




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Shriver Center at UMBC
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250