Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey - Graduate Schools

Why you should consider this program

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey is a graduate school for people who want to make positive change in the world, while they are in school. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) feel at home on our diverse campus, where their Peace Corps experience is highly valued. Our students come from more than 40 countries, so RPCVs often meet classmates from their country of service. An active Peace Corps club brings together RPCVs and students interested in the Peace Corps to exchange experiences and organize events promoting the Third Goal. The late Institute professor Peter Grothe created the name "Peace Corps", and many Institute students, faculty, and staff are RPCVs, including the founder of the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program, Dr. Beryl Levinger, Professor Emerita, Master of Public Administration and master's in International Policy and Development programs. RPCVs are encouraged to apply to our selective Fellows program. Recipients work on projects and intern in underserved American communities and are guaranteed a minimum scholarship of $40,000 for a four-semester graduate program. We will prorate the scholarship award for two- or three-semester programs.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 41,764 $ 20,000 $ 21,764
Out of state $ 41,764 $ 20,000 $ 21,764
* 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 discount in the form of a scholarship.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 29,819

Application fee waived?



Fellows work closely with the Center for Advising and Career Services to secure a professional internship or project with an underserved American community. Internship hours depend on the length of the degree program, and students can fulfill their hours working with one or multiple organizations and through applied classroom assignments in the community. This flexibility makes the required hours both rewarding and manageable. The Institute has partnered with more than 40 local organizations. The following are examples of local internships that past Fellows have pursued: Idaho Conservation League (Community Conservation Intern); Community Caring of Monterey Peninsula (Social Media Program Assistant); YWCA (Grant Analysis Intern) Health Records for Everyone (Global Health Intern); Middlebury Institute of International Studies (Peace Corps Programs Graduate Assistant); Big Sur Land Trust (Grant Planning and Research Coordinator); Lyceum of Monterey County (Program Coordinator); International School of Monterey (Community Project Coordinator); United Way of Monterey (Media Intern).

Jobs for program alumni

International Program Advisor, School of Engineering, University of Michigan; Operations & Partnership Manager, Girls Education Collaborative; Plastic Pollution Manager, Surfrider; Organizational Development Specialist, Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development; Instructor, Community College of Qatar; Health Promotions Program Manager, Appalachian District Health Department; Catholic Relief Services Fellow; Outdoor Programs and Grants Coordinator, Big Sur Land Trust. 

Other details

Program length

1.5-5 semesters, depending on program

Application requirements

Will vary by program.

Admissions process

Apply for admission by next deadline. Check the box indicating you are a Peace Corps Fellow. Submit your Description of Service document to [email protected].

Program begins

Multiple start dates, depending on program


Enrollment Adivsor, Admissions Office

460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940