University of Maryland - Baltimore - School of Nursing

Why you should consider this program

After serving in villages and cities around the world, bring your expertise to villages and neighborhoods in Baltimore. The top-ranked University of Maryland School of Nursing offers RPCVs an outstanding opportunity to build a health care career in nursing.

Through service-learning and clinical experiences, you’ll have opportunities to: improve people’s lives in communities affected by health disparities and advance social justice; build upon skills and expertise that were developed through Peace Corps service; and advance the Peace Corps’ third goal: bringing the world back home.

  • As a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow, you’ll receive a $10,000 scholarship to use toward tuition and fees for the duration of your nursing program.
  • Your Peace Corps experience strengthens your application, and you’ll receive specialized career mentoring from our Coverdell Fellows Program advisor.
  • You can connect to other Coverdell Fellows from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and be immersed in an exciting inter-professional health care learning environment.
  • You'll have opportunities to become involved in community programs throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area and serve communities during clinical experiences.
  • You'll take courses or seminars focused on community engagement and population health and social justice and participate in service-learning activities in local Baltimore communities.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 27,054 $ 10,000 $ 17,054
Out of state $ 75,950 $ 10,000 $ 65,950
* 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

$10,000 scholarship

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Work-study may be available. Students may also obtain student nurse internships at the University of Maryland Medical Center once eligible.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 10,675

Application fee waived?



The internship allows you to volunteer in a Baltimore community-based organization for the duration of your program. Your internship hours and schedule will be determined in collaboration with the site and will be individualized for you.

Jobs for program alumni

The University of Maryland School of Nursing has a longstanding history of alumni who have served as Peace Corps Volunteers. Our alumni find jobs in a variety of health care settings, generally immediately upon completion of their nursing program.

Other details

Program length

Four semesters; summer session may be additional

Application requirements

All programs: official transcripts from each institution attended, essay, resume, letters of recommendations, application for in-state residency, application fee, foreign coursework evaluation (if applicable). BSN program: Test of Essential Academic Skills

Admissions process

You'll indicate your interest in the Coverdell Fellows Program on your application to the University of Maryland School of Nursing. You'll also need to submit an essay expressing your interest and participate in an interview (by phone or in person) with the program advisor.

Program begins

End of August for fall; end of January for spring

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Lori Edwards, DrPH, MPH, BSN, RN, PHCNS-BC, Assistant Professor; Senior Director

UMB School of Nursing
655 W. Lombard St.
Baltimore, MD 21201