Graduate College at University of Arizona

Why you should consider this program

The University of Arizona (UA) offers a welcoming Peace Corps community, 43 master’s and doctoral program options, enriching opportunities for service, and competitive financial support.  UA is a top ranked Research 1, Land Grant institution outstanding faculty and strong international connections.   Located in the Sonoran Desert near the U.S./Mexico border, you will find a diverse and interesting home. Financial benefits: Non-resident tuition is not charged. Half of instate tuition and student health insurance are covered. Fellows receive a stipend of $8,442 for the academic year. Need based aid up to $3000 in Work Study is also offered. Many departments supplement Fellows’ benefits to reduce tuition further.  Many Fellows have won national fellowships for further study and research. Southern Arizona is wonderfully diverse providing meaningful opportunities for service.  Proximity to the border, a large refugee community, and challenging health and environmental issues result in interesting assistantship placements. Tucson is affordable, active and friendly. Job placement rates are outstanding. With over 50 current Peace Corps Fellows, 150 community-based and university partner agencies, and top ranked masters and doctoral programs in 11 colleges, there is a built-in community of peer, community and academic support ready for you. Join us in bringing service home!

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 25,624 $ 38,370 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
Out of state $ 65,524 $ 78,270 $ 0 + You receive 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 the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

  • All Fellows are charged at the in-state tuition rate, which covers 50% in-state tuition. 
  • .25 outreach assistantship stipend
  • 100% of student health insurance
  • $3,000 work study
  • 10% discount at UA bookstore

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Academic units may offer other .25 research or teaching assistantships to Fellows in addition to the Fellows Outreach Assistanship. Support program to assist Fellows in applying for extramural funding (Fulbright, FLAS, NSF, etc.). Professional development, service projects, and social activities also take place. 

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 21,250

Application fee waived?



Fellows serve an average of 10 hours a week during each academic year to meet the Coverdell service requirement.  Funded by a .25 FTE Outreach Assistantship, we call for position descriptions from partners in the community and UA outreach units that meet community needs.  Descriptions are distributed to Fellows, and resumes are shared with agencies. In early June, a virtual Assistantship Fair is held to network and set up interviews.  An agency orientation is held the week before school and an Outreach Showcase is held in March. We work with 150 partners across the region, many listed on our website. Examples include refugee support at IRC,  Lutheran Social Services and Owl and Panther; clinic support at Clinica Amistad, El Rio,  AZCHOW, and AIDS Education and Training Center; work with nutrition and gardening programs at Community Food Bank, Kitchen Garden, Tucson Village Farm, Mission Garden and School Community Garden program. Literacy work at Pima Community College, UA and Literacy Connects. Environmental work on the Navajo Reservation, Cooper Center for Environmental Learning, Water Resources Research Center, and Ironwood Tree Experience; work with youth through Teen Court, Pima Prevention Partnership, Child and Family Resources, and K-12 schools. 

Jobs for program alumni

UA alumni land varied jobs in every sector all over the world. Around 75 of our 356 Fellows have stayed in Arizona. Many alumni enter work with non-profits locally or internationally and with government at local, state, and federal levels. Some go on for an advanced degree.  Our alumni work as tenure track professors, federal work at State Department,  U.S. AID, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Public Health Service; some take Fellowships at CDC, Hunger and DOE; refugee work at Catholic Relief Services and Oxfam; corporate work at Intel, Rand Corporation, and Hewlitt Packard; some are small business owners (Portland Pedal Power) and professional photographers; educators and ESL teachers in Qatar, Hawaii, Florida, Colorado, Portland and more; Seven took Fulbright Fellowships the year following graduation; several work for U.S. Peace Corps as trainers and as a country director; One is a Vice-President at United Way for early childhood education; others are research scientists; planners, consultants and technical trainers. Find more details under alumni at

Other details

Program length

2 years, average

Application requirements

Departmental requirements may vary and are listed on departmental websites and Graduate Programs page. They generally include the GRE, writing sample, 2 letters of recommendation and the on-line Graduate College application including statement of purpose. Public Health and MBA use different applications. 

Admissions process

Submit both an academic application and a Coverdell Fellow application online by the deadline. Coverdell applications are reviewed, ranked and coordinated with the academic program. Notifications for first-round applicants begin in late February/March and continue until the cohort is filled usually by early May. Applicants may mark Returned Peace Corps Volunteer on both the academic application and in Inquiries for Future Students. Notify the academic department you are applying to the Coverdell Fellowship

Program begins


Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Georgia Ehlers, Director of Fellowships & Community Engagement

Graduate College, PO210066
Administration Bldg., Room 322
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0066