Bowling Green State University - Graduate College

Why you should consider this program

"Coming home after Peace Corps is an exciting time. Why let the adventure end there? The Coverdell Peace Corps Program at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) provides Returned Peace Corps Volunteers with opportunities to enhance skills and knowledge acquired during service while continuing to help underprivileged communities in the United States. BGSU waives application fees of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and welcomes them to our campus to bring their service home while studying in one of our main campus degree programs. Each program provides unique ways that their Fellows can participate in internships with marginalized populations. Many programs also accept prior experience as fulfilling requirements (such as a second language requirement). Collaborating within our growing RPCV community, Fellows contribute to the Third Goal of Peace Corps by bringing their unique experiences to parts of the United States where they are needed most. Explore our Graduate Programs by visiting:

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 15,000 $ 7,500 $ 7,500
Out of state $ 25,300 $ 7,500 $ 17,800
* 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 the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

* Sample net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value based on a typical 2-year graduate program. To see accurate, individualized costs, go to

Minimum 50% tuition scholarship, with additional funds available depending on the department. 10-20 hour Graduate Assistantship positions with stipend are also available on a competitive basis in most programs. Depending on individual circumstances, additional expenses – such as health insurance – may accrue. To see accurate, individualized costs, go to

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Fellows are given priority consideration for Graduate Assistant positions, which provide an extra stipend.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 12,000

Application fee waived?



Peace Corps Fellows of BGSU must fulfill an internship of at least 150 hours (some are more) where Fellows work with an underserved U.S. community anywhere in the United States or its territories (e.g. Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands) The majority of our Fellows have participated in internships in local organizations such as: The Ohio Migrant Education Center (OMEC) summer programs; Adelante of Toledo; Habitat for Humanity, Global Connections, La Conexion, Toledo Museum of Art, and many more. Other Fellows have participated in organizations elsewhere in the US, finding institutions that offer experiences directly relevant to their program of study and even use the experience as part of their thesis or dissertation research. For a complete list of popular internship sites, please visit:

Jobs for program alumni

Our alumni have gone on to work in a variety of sectors, and many have landed jobs as: ESL/EFL educators around the world, US-based teachers, educational administrators, dieticians, and international student advisors. A large number of students have gone on to work with international governmental or nongovernmental organizations. Many have chosen to further their education by earning a PhD or by studying as a Fulbright Scholar.

Other details

Program length

Varies by Program. Most master’s degrees are 12 - 24 months and most doctorates are approximately 4 years.

Application requirements

Application requirements vary by program, but typically include: official college transcripts, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, resume. The GRE is waived as a requirement through Spring 2022 for many graduate programs. See here:

Program begins

Varies by Program; many programs have several start dates

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Maria Holderbaum, Peace Corps Fellows Graduate Assistant

110 McFall Center
Bowling Green, OH 43403