Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University

Why you should consider this program

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows/USA offers returning Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) the opportunity to integrate a funded summer internship placement within two years of graduate study. This provides an opportunity for RPCVs to continue their service to those in need while completing a program of academic study. RPCVs spend their first year in the M.R.P. classroom completing core course requirements and augmenting their skills with relevant elective courses. This includes course work in research methods and project design which helps prepare Fellows/USA students for their summer internship.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 68,888 $ 17,222 $ 51,666
Out of state $ 68,888 $ 17,222 $ 51,666
* 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

All Fellows receive 25% of tuition and fees. Many students receive a living stipend award and some receive a tuition reduction grant. Amounts vary by year.  Other possible opportunities include working as the on campus Peace Corps campus recruiter, a FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) Fellowship, a position as a graduate resident adviser, or the Telluride Fellowship (available every 2 years).

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Students often receive a work stipend to cover a small portion of living expenses, and many receive a tuition reduction grant. In addition, other possible opportunities include working as the Peace Corps campus recruiter, or the Telluride Fellowship (available every 2 years).

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 28,689

Application fee waived?



Over the summer, Paul D. Coverdell Fellows/USA participants will receive staff support in identifying and generating diverse summer internships in fields and locations of their choice. These internships typically provide stipends of $3,750 to be awarded on a 50-50 basis, combining Cornell and employer matching funds. Following the completion of their summer internship, Paul D. Coverdell Fellows/USA students return to campus to complete their second and final year of course work. Upon completion of the 60 required units of course work and submission of their independent writing requirement, participants are eligible to receive their M.R.P. professional degree.

Jobs for program alumni

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows from Cornell have gone on to work for a number of organizations, including USAID; Pathstone Development Corporation, Urban Ecology Center, USDA, Helber Hastert and Fee, FEMA, UCLA, Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, Fingerlakes Wealth Management, SUM Consulting, Community Development in the City of Las Cruces, University Circle INC, Univ of Hawaii at Manoa, UT-Austin, Kodiak Island Borough.

Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

GRE, college transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement.

Admissions process

Check the Coverdell box on the application.

Program begins

Late August

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Tina Nelson, Academic Programs Coordinator, City and Regional Planning

Cornell University
106 Sibley Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853