University of Denver - Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Why you should consider this program

As one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and public policy, our mission is now more important than ever. We are taking on the great challenges of our time: making the global economy more equitable and inclusive, responding to new and emerging security threats, advancing human rights and social justice, combating climate change, and promoting healthy democracy.

At the Korbel School, our first commitment is to the student experience. Through small classes, mentored research, and experiences outside the classroom, we provide the kind of training that students need to act and to lead.

It is in this commitment that we offer students the ability to tailor degree specialties, work across six on-campus research centers and on real-word grants and projects, and benefit from one-on-one interaction with some of the world’s foremost experts in the field.

Join us as we confront the most pressing issues of our day.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 76,200 $ 24,000 $ 52,200
Out of state $ 76,200 $ 24,000 $ 52,200
* 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 waiver

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

When admitted to a master’s program, all RPCVs with Coverdell Fellows lifetime eligibility automatically receive the fellowship. Fellows are granted a waiver of language requirements and a reduction of internship hours from 150 to 75 as needed for degree completion. Fellows may still be considered for competitive scholarships as well.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 19,000

Application fee waived?



Coverdell Fellows complete a 75+ hour practicum with an organization that supports an underserved U.S. community. Fellows work with the Korbel Office of Career and Professional Development to explore options and identify organizations that would be a good fit for their professional aspirations.

Previous Fellows have worked at organizations such as the Denver African Community Center, the Red Cross, the International Rescue Committee, the Blue Bench, Habitat for Humanity, and The Gathering Place.

Jobs for program alumni

Korbel boasts a 95% job placement rate for graduates of the MA and MPP programs, and recent Coverdell Fellows secured the following positions upon graduation:

  • Fellow - Fulbright Scholar Program
  • Researcher - One Foundation
  • Grants Specialist - Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Global Accounts Associate - Velocity Global, LLC
  • Program Manager - Abundant Water
  • Research Assistant - National Center for Victims of Crime
  • Development Data Analyst - Planned Parenthood
  • Projects Coordinator - One Earth Future Foundation
  • Youth & Family Director - YMCA
  • Global Health Fellow - Partners in Health
  • Researcher - Service Employees International Union
  • All-Source Intelligence Analyst - iJet International
  • Director of Operations - Watson Institute
  • Associate Business Analyst - Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • Special Assistant - Wittenberg Weiner Consulting, LLC

Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

Transcripts, resume, personal statement, two letters of recommendation. GRE scores are optional.

Admissions process

Eligible RPCVs are automatically reviewed for the fellowship when they apply.

Program begins

Early September for the fall term; early January for the winter term

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Daniel Doerr, Director of Graduate Enrollment

2201 South Gaylord Street
Suite 1005
Denver, CO 80208