SIT Graduate Institute - Peace and Justice Leadership Program

Why you should consider this program

SIT Graduate Institute has a longstanding commitment to experiential learning and social justice. Students are trained to become highly skilled practitioners with a developed theoretical basis, experience in the field, and an awareness of their own capabilities. SIT students include experienced professionals who want to sharpen their skills, mid-career professionals seeking to change careers or boost their credentials, and recent college graduates.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 43,695 $ 15,293 $ 28,402
Out of state $ 43,695 $ 15,293 $ 28,402
* 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

Coverdell Fellows will receive a 35% tuition discount in the form of a scholarship.

Effective immediately, SIT Graduate Institute is increasing the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship benefit from 35% off tuition to 40% off tuition for RPCVs who needed to come home due to the coronavirus pandemic. This can be used towards the existing list of approved master’s degree programs, including: MA in International Education, MA in Peace & Justice Leadership, MA in TESOL, MA in Sustainable Development, and MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management. The benefit will be valid for two years, starting with 2020 programs.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

SIT will waive the $50 application fee for all Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 1,050

Application fee waived?



As part of their SIT graduate program, fellows must complete a practicum of 150 to 300 hours in a high-need American community (as defined by SIT). The practicum must relate to the student’s coursework and career goals and be for a minimum of six weeks. Practicums may be paid professional positions or unpaid internships.

Jobs for program alumni

Career opportunities in the field are numerous, especially for conflict transformation practitioners who can become pioneers in expanding the scope of conflict transformation practices that society can recognize and value. Graduates go on to work for NGOs, education institutions, the media, the private sector, the government, international organizations, and in other professional venues. Past positions held by alumni of this program include:

  • Executive Director, Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Trainer, Somali Refugee Association, Silver Spring, MD
  • Founder, Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women, Washington, DC
  • CEO/Director, Red Kite Project, Philadelphia, PA
  • International Human Resources Systems Manager, Nonviolent Peace Force, San Francisco, CA

Other details

Program length

Two semesters plus practicum (12 months total)

Application requirements

  • Complete SIT's regular online application process 

Admissions process

  • Complete SIT's regular online application process 
  • Provide an additional statement of interest in becoming a Peace Corps Fellow (details provided by SIT's admissions team during the application process)

Program begins

Begins Fall

Non-traditional options

  • Low residency or distance learning

Online with Short Residencies in Vermont and South Africa

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Mary Kay Sigda, Senior Admissions Officer

1 Kipling Road
Brattleboro, VT 5302