CALS - International Agriculture and Rural Development & Global Development at Cornell University

Why you should consider this program

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). The Fellows Program allows RPCVs to bring home, and expand upon, the skills they learned as volunteers. These skills in adapting to new cultures, developing and managing projects, dealing with language barriers, and leveraging limited resources are very useful in the continuation of studies at Cornell and the development of a professional career after grad school.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 35,760 $ 35,760 $ 0
Out of state $ 35,760 $ 35,760 $ 0
* 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

Tuition and health insurance. Please note that if two RPCVs get selected for the Coverdell Fellows program, they will each receive 50% off (not full tuition).

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 25,152

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Jobs for program alumni

Development related.

Other details

Program length

1 year

Application requirements

Statement of purpose, current CV or resume, transcripts, letters of recommendation

Admissions process

Let the director know you are interested and indicate this on your statement of purpose.

Program begins

Mid August

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



James P. Lassoie, PhD., International Professor of Conservation

Cornell University/Department of Natural Resources/
201 Fernow Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853