College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Why you should consider this program
Founded by the Shriver family, The Peaceworker Program is a direct legacy of Sargent Shriver and President Kennedy's vision of the impact of Peace Corps Volunteers returning home ready to apply the lessons and experience they gained abroad.
Each year the Peaceworker Program invites 6-10 RPCVs for a rigorous, two year social change leadership program integrating three key components:
graduate study. Peaceworkers study in any of UMBCs graduate programs or select
placement (20hrs/wk). Community placements range from positions engaged in
direct service to others serving indirectly through research or evaluation. We partner with organizations small and
large focused upon meeting needs including: literacy
and education, youth
services, public health,
homelessness and poverty, immigrant
services, and more.
- Ethical reflection seminars and retreats designed to enable Peaceworkers to integrate the practical, theoretical and moral dimensions of their experience.
Over the course of two years, Peaceworkers develop the knowledge, skills, and reflection tools needed to understand deep-rooted social problems and discern authentic solutions.
We are looking for RPCVs who are passionate about making a difference, interested in translating their service abroad into engaged experiences here in Baltimore, and ready to join a community of aspiring social change leaders.
Benefits for Coverdell Fellows
|Tuition/fees for Complete Program||Value of Coverdell Fellowship||Net cost *|
|In state||$ 30,000||$ 60,000||$ 0 + You receive additional benefits.|
|Out of state||$ 45,000||$ 75,000||$ 0 + You receive additional benefits.|
Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from
Fellowships awarded per year (average)
6 to 8
Other benefits or opportunities
Annual cost of living (estimated)
Application fee waived?Yes
Each Peaceworker Fellow works in a part-time (20 hrs./wk.) community based position focused as closely as possible on the area of social concern to which they are drawn. Peaceworker community service placements are diverse, ranging from positions engaged in direct service (leading afterschool youth programs or neighborhood services programs, for example) to others serving indirectly (researching best practices and policies, or conducting evaluations for a partner organization).
We partner with organizations small and large focused upon meeting diverse social needs including: literacy and education, youth services, public health, homelessness and poverty, inter-cultural/international services, and community development. Fellows work in these placements serves not only the Greater Baltimore community but also constitutes an opportunity for experiential learning, allowing Fellows to develop practical and professional skills and gain first hand knowledge of the complex social problems confronting the United States and its cities today.
Service placements are required for the full two years and are correlated with the Peaceworkers graduate study. Integration of community service and academic learning in the form of traditional topic research, program evaluation, and participatory action research are highly encouraged.
Jobs for program alumni
RPCVs apply separately to Graduate Program (please follow their requirements and timeline) and to the Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program (please follow our requirements and timeline listed here): http://shrivercenter.umbc.edu/shriver-peaceworker/applying-to-the-program/ Fellowships are awarded in early April and require admission to a participating graduate program.
Most classes are offered in the evening. All students must be enrolled fulltime each semester for Fellowship.
Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started