Tulane University

Why you should consider this program

A global commitment to public health is the shared goal and parallel mission which binds Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) to Peace Corps. The centerpiece of Tulane’s long and deep connection to Peace Corps is a devotion to support volunteers from pre-service to Third Goal. A testament to our relationship is that Tulane is perennially the top Peace Corps-producing university.

As part of Tulane SPHTM’s global commitment to public health and the advancement of the third goal of Peace Corps, Fellows become the leaders of the Global Scholars Program. This program works to strengthen students’ readiness to be a Global Health Professional by providing career development, cultural humility and social awareness in a dynamic cohort of public health peers. This provides you with the chance to pass on your hard-learned lessons to a unique community dedicated to international development and global health.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 76,725 $ 54,207 $ 22,518
Out of state $ 76,725 $ 54,207 $ 22,518
* 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 who serve as a coordinator for the Global Scholars Program receive a 35% tuition discount, $10,000 scholarship to cover cost of mandatory fees, and a $20,000 Graduate Assistantship stipend.
  • Coverdell Fellows who serve as scholars for the Global Scholars Program receive a 35% tuition discount and a $12,000 scholarship to cover the cost of mandatory fees and toward cost of attendance.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 18,000

Application fee waived?



Through a leadership role in the Tulane Global Scholars Program, Paul D. Coverdell Fellows organize monthly service events in partnership with community organizations throughout the New Orleans area. Organizations include:

  • Grow Dat Youth Farm creates job opportunities for high school students in the field of urban agriculture.
  • Covenant House is a program model builds a life-affirming bridge for young people by engaging youth on the street providing no-barrier, safe, short-term housing to meet their immediate needs, and longer-term transitional housing to assist those who are ready for more independent living.
  • UNITY of Greater New Orleans is a nonprofit organization leading a collaborative of over 60 agencies providing housing and services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.
  • Hagar’s House is a sanctuary for women and children in New Orleans that provides an open and empowering residential community, resource coordination and a safe space to transition into sustainable housing.
  • No/Aids Task Force – Its mission is to reduce the spread of HIV infection, provide services, advocate empowerment, safeguard the rights and dignity of HIV-affected individuals and provide for an enlightened public.

Additionally, The Applied Practice Experience is a requirement of the degree programs at the School of Public Health and satisfies this internship requirement, Given the varied interests of students, the Fellows seek out opportunities that suit their interests. TU SPHTM has an office of Professional Practice that assists students with practicum questions and processing of necessary paperwork. In addition, students will utilize the resources from Career Services to help with locating opportunities and preparing their resumes and interview preparation.

Jobs for program alumni

Members of the Tulane Peace Corps community are employed in a wide variety of private, governmental, and non-profit companies spanning the globe. Some of the diverse job titles which they hold include Community Development Officer, Director of Programming and Training, Environmental Health Scientist, Project Director HIV Surveillance, Senior Malaria Advisor, and Youth Development Advisor. These impressive positions are held by Tulane Alumni at USAID, Louisiana Public Health Institute, CDC, Save the Children, Ochsner Hospital and many more.

Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

Application form, Description of Peace Corps Volunteer Service, resume, and cover letter.

Program begins

Beginning of August

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Erica Valenzuela, EdD, MA, Assistant Dean for Student Experience

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2460-8329
New Orleans, LA 70112