College of Nursing at University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Why you should consider this program

What better place for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers to study than with the University of Tennessee Volunteers? The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to Returning Peace Corps Volunteers. Fellows complete internships/preceptorships in underserved communities, translate their volunteer experiences from the Peace Corps to their home community in the Volunteer State. College of Nursing (CON) students practice based on evidence and provide care that is holistic, culturally sensitive, and skilled. They possess a broad worldview, are committed to social justice, and are effective advocates for marginalized communities that lack access to care. One hundred percent of the CONs last three graduating classes have gained employment within six months of graduation. Many are employed in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings, and some also hold faculty positions at academic institutions or leadership roles at non-profit institutions and international non-governmental organizations.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 45,000 $ 55,000 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
Out of state $ 120,000 $ 130,000 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
* 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

Additional benefits may include:  Graduate Teaching position in the College of Nursing with stipend, tuition and fees, additional scholarships to cover costs of books, waiver of program seat fees, individualized orientation with instructor, access to Graduate Schools Best Practices in Teaching program and College of Nursing professional development opportunities.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

1

Other benefits or opportunities

Additional benefits may include:  Graduate Teaching position in the College of Nursing with stipend, tuition and fees, additional scholarships to cover costs of books, waiver of program seat fees, individualized orientation with instructor, access to Graduate Schools Best Practices in Teaching program and College of Nursing professional development opportunities.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 10,000

Application fee waived?

No

Internship

ServiceFellows work in several communities. The Bridge Refugee Services (Bridge), a non-profit organization, facilitates the resettlement of refugees to East Tennessee. The Red Bird Mission and Clinic, provides critical services to isolated, distressed, rural communities in the central Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky. Internships, preceptorships and/or clinical placements vary by graduate program and by an individuals area of interest. Coverdell Fellows may tailor their service projects and learning objectives to reflect their chosen concentration. 

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Other details

Program length

Varies according to program. Approximately 3 years.

Application requirements

Are you a Returning Peace Corps Volunteer interested in applying to one of our graduate programs? Applicants must be admitted to the Graduate School and to a graduate program in the College of Nursing to be eligible for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. Statement of interest: Applicants are required to submit a brief (200-500 words) statement of interest describing their academic, professional and volunteer experiences and how they relate to becoming a student and Coverdell Fellow in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. Please attach your statement to an email and send to UT Graduate Programs ([email protected]).

Admissions process

Apply directly through Graduate Admissions.

Program begins

Mid-August

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started

2015


Contact

Courtney Shaffer, Graduate Programs Advisor

Address
College of Nursing, Student Services, Rm 203
1200 Volunteer Blvd
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996