Peace Corps’ Paul D. Coverdell Fellows

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Over the past 10 years, Heinz College has provided over $1.5 million in scholarship support to Peace Corp’s Paul D. Coverdell Fellows.

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows have consistently proven to our Faculty that the experience, skills, and passion of returned Volunteers enrich the graduate school experience for all; both inside and outside of the classroom.

Heinz College is proud to be a top choice among returned Volunteers who wish to continue their service and commitment to the public good.

Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, in partnership with the Peace Corps, has instituted a Coverdell Fellows Program - Heinz College partnership. Through this partnership, returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) will receive a Strategic Partner Scholarship when enrolling in a Master's Degree Program at the Heinz College. Those enrolling in a full-time Heinz College Master's Program will be awarded a minimum Strategic Partner Scholarship of $10,000 per semester.

In addition, an RPCV's 2 year service will qualify the applicant to apply to the shorter, three-semester-track of the Master of Public Policy and Management Program (MSPPM). However, those RPCVs who prefer to apply to the traditional 2 year (4 semester) option of the MSPPM program will be awarded the minimum scholarship for all semesters attended.

The scholarship award will be made at the time of admission (no separate application is necessary). To be considered for the scholarship, Heinz College applicants should indicate their involvement with the Peace Corps within the application for admission.

Heinz College - Coverdell Fellows Spotlight

Nisha Abraham’s primary field of interest lay in the Middle East. The Heinz College alum had focused on the region as she prepared for a career in international relations, interning at the UN Department of Political Affairs’ policy planning unit and the U.S. State Department’s Office of Israeli and Palestinian Affairs.


The Coverdell Fellows Program-Heinz College partnership, and Strategic Partner Scholarship apply to the following programs:

Full-time Program Offerings:

Part-time Program Offerings:

*Students who are eligible for more than one scholarship from Heinz College may not be entitled to the minimum award for the second scholarship

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To learn more about the Heinz College or the Peace Corps partnership, please contact David Eber, Director of Admissions at deber@cmu.eduor 412-268-3347, or complete a brief prospective student profile.