University of Alabama - Birmingham - School of Nursing

Why you should consider this program

The Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows program allows returned Peace Corps Volunteers to apply as a second degree student to the Accelerated Master's in Nursing Program (AMNP).  Fellows receive a $1,500 graduate fellowship that qualifies them for in-state tuition as well as preferential consideration for scholarships. The program also offers opportunities for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to use the knowledge and skills they developed during their overseas service during their graduate work as they participate in service learning projects with underserved communities.

Located in one of the world’s largest academic health science centers, the internationally renowned UAB School of Nursing’s legacy of nursing leadership is focused on the integration of research, education, and clinical practice. The UAB School of Nursing has been ranked in the top 5% of nursing schools nationwide by U.S. News and World Report.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 40,000 $ 1,500 $ 38,500
Out of state $ 75,000 $ 35,000 $ 40,000
* 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

In-state tuition rates, $1,500 graduate fellowship and preferential consideration for scholarships.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 25,000

Application fee waived?



Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows participate in activities focused on the translation of global experience. This unique and inter-collaborative program advances the Peace Corps’ goal, “to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans,” by providing opportunities for Returned Peace Corps Fellows to engage in meaningful experiences with underserved communities in the Greater Birmingham area.

A key component of the Fellows program involves partnering with community organizations for students to address selected community or health problems through their clinical practicum experiences.  Fellows will address two major health issues during these community experiences: reduction of health disparities and the nursing shortage.  

Jobs for program alumni

Upon completion of the program, students are qualified to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and work as a registered nurse.

Other details

Program length

Program of study can be completed in 3 semesters, depending on area of concentration.

Application requirements

Admissions process

Program begins

Early January

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Karmie M. Johnson, Assistant Professor

NB 2M026
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-1210