Department of Geography at University of Missouri - Columbia
Why you should consider this program
The Department of Geography and Peace Corps share the mission of fostering global understanding through project-based research, teaching, and service collaborations with local peoples and places around the world.
The Paul D. Coverdell Graduate Fellowship in Geography at the University of Missouri (Mizzou) is naturally synergistic with the perspectives and skill sets of returned Peace Corps volunteers, and our program will actively support your professional goals through advanced training in the geographical sciences. The faculty are well-equipped to support you in research, teaching, and service activities in all Peace Corps regions globally.
Our department is a small but intellectually engaged group, which gives you a small school feel within a large research university. Mizzou Geography has a proven track record of success with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, including placing those graduates in employment in their field and in highly competitive PhD programs; and hundreds of organizations in the mid-Missouri area have demonstrated the willingness and capacity to work with Returned Peace Corps volunteers on service learning projects in coordination with the University of Missouri Office of Service Learning.
Benefits for Coverdell Fellows
|Tuition/fees for Complete Program||Value of Coverdell Fellowship||Net cost *|
|In state||$ 15,060||$ 47,020||$ 0 + You receive additional benefits.|
|Out of state||$ 37,564||$ 69,524||$ 0 + You receive additional benefits.|
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Application fee waived?Yes
The internship requirement for Coverdell Fellows in Geography consists of ten hours per week with a local or regional community organization serving an underserved American community for the fifteen weeks of each semester (fall and spring) during the two years it takes to complete the Masters degree.
Coverdell Fellows will be supported with a 9-month Department of Geography Third Goal Assistantship, renewable for a second year pending satisfactory performance and progress toward degree. Unlike standard Geography Teaching Assistantships which require 20 hours per week of teaching responsibilities, the Third Goal Assistantship offers a reduced teaching load coupled with 10 hours per week of stipend-supported service with local community organizations. The Third Goal Assistantship allocation of responsibilities is designed to create synergies between teaching, thesis research, and community service.
Jobs for program alumni
Full application instructions are available on the department's web page. Check the Coverdell Fellows box in the application to qualify for the application fee waiver. When we inform you of whether or not you've been admitted into the MA program, we will also inform you of whether you've been accepted as a Coverdell Fellow.
Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started