School of Nursing / Global Health Affairs at University of Pennsylvania
Why you should consider this program
Benefits for Coverdell Fellows
|Tuition/fees for Complete Program||Value of Coverdell Fellowship||Net cost *|
|In state||$ 69,960||$ 8,000||$ 61,960|
|Out of state||$ 69,960||$ 8,000||$ 61,960|
Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from
Tuition/fees noted under “Benefits for Coverdell Fellows” are for MSN students. Accelerated BSN financial information can be found on this webpage, here.
Accelerated BSN Coverdell Fellows receive a one-time scholarship of $10,000. RPCVs may also apply for a $2,500 to $10,000 award via a competitive essay contest. MSN Coverdell Fellows receive a one-time scholarship of $8,000. RPCVs may also be in an excellent position to seek external support including the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. Please see Penn’s fellowship website. Penn Nursing's application fee is waived for all RPCVs.
Fellowships awarded per year (average)
We hope to recruit two to four new Coverdell Fellows each year.
Other benefits or opportunities
Application fee waived?Yes
Coverdell Fellows will be placed in internships/clinical assignments that allow them to serve in low-resource communities. The majority of students will find placements in greater Philadelphia, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (with large Pennsylvania Dutch populations), New Jersey, and Delaware. In addition, placements in Appalachia and with the Indian Health Service may be possible. In all of these locations, Penn Nursing serves vulnerable populations with limited access to health care for social and financial reasons. As there are many immigrants in the area, language challenges often exist. RPCV language skills in Spanish, French, and Chinese, to name a few, could be useful in the communities we serve.
Jobs for program alumni
BSN: 4.5 semesters / 18 months / 1.5 years. MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program: 4 semesters /16 months / 1.33 years. MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner Program: 4 semesters / 16 months / 1.33 years. MSN: Nurse-Midwifery: 5 semesters / 20 months / 1.66 years (these graduates simultaneously complete the Women's Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner Program and are eligible to sit for dual certification). MSN: Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program: 3 semesters / 12 months / 1 year. MSN: Women's Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner Program: 3.5 semesters / 14 months / 1.17 years.
ELIGIBILITY: Satisfactory completion of Peace Corps service; i.e. completion of the full two-year tour of Peace Corps service (not more than 90 days of emergency leave) or grantee of "early close of service" or "interrupted service" status due to circumstances beyond the volunteer control, or medical separation.
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS/DEADLINE: When applying for your Penn Nursing degree program, be sure to check the box indicating that you have successfully completed Peace Corps service. This will result in an invitation to submit your application for the Coverdell Fellowship.
Peace Corps Description of Service (DOS), the official account of your volunteer work (please upload to this application).
Your Peace Corps story in 500-1000 words with the following elements: A summary of what you did, where and when. How your Peace Corps service contributed to your decision to pursue a degree at Penn Nursing and the ways in which you anticipate that that your Peace Corps service, combined with your Penn Nursing education, will contribute to your nursing career. One or two optional photos, with detailed captions from your Peace Corps experience that are descriptive of the environment you worked in and/or your engagement with the community where you live.
A headshot of you
Some programs begin in the summer and others in the fall. Please check website for specifics.
Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started