Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program
UMSI graduate and Peace Corps Volunteer Jeff Bennett (MSI ’16), left, worked with young people in the Dominican Republic as part of his service.
The University of Michigan School of Information, in partnership with the U.S. Peace Corps, provides Returned Peace Corps Volunteers the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Information (MSI) through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program.
The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program offers financial support to those who have served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Peace Corps Response (PCR) Volunteer, or Global Health Service Partnership Volunteer prior to enrolling in UMSI’s MSI program. In addition, Volunteers use the skills they developed working abroad to complete internships in underserved U.S. communities, gaining both academic credit and valuable professional experience.
UMSI RPCVs and current Coverdell Fellows include:
- Jessamine Bartley-Matthews (Nicaragua, 2010-2012) View a video describing her Peace Corps experience and why she chose UMSI.
- Peter Gray (Tonga, 2012-2014) View a video describing his Peace Corps experience and why he chose UMSI.
- Adam Anderson (Mali, 2012-2014)
- Benjamin Rearick (Ethiopia, 2013-2015)
Coverdell Fellow alumni
- Jeffrey Bennett (Dominican Republic, 2012-2014) interned as a Open Educational Resources Operations Assistant with the Open.Michigan initiative housed in the University of Michigan’s Medical School Information Services. As an intern, Jeff created a new workflow for publishing eBooks using the EPUB format and worked with faculty to manage publishing projects with the purpose of extending outreach beyond the U-M campus and making information publicly accessible. (Video)
- Sarah Anderson (Albania, 2010-2012) was an HMIS Data Analyst with the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, where she analyzed the homelessness data collected by OCED to develop a system for verifying chronic homelessness and creating a more informed process for assigning available rooms in housing provisions. (Video)
Up to two incoming Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will be selected each year to be Coverdell Fellows.
Coverdell Fellowship program funding
All RPCVs receive an application fee waiver to the MSI program. RPCVs who are selected as a Coverdell Fellow will receive a 50 to 100% tuition scholarship to the University of Michigan School of Information. Coverdell Fellows are encouraged to participate in U-M and UMSI’s Peace Corps recruitment activities and have an expectation to bring the third goal of the Peace Corps to the University.
Applicants for the Coverdell Fellows program must meet UMSI’s Master of Science in Information admissions qualifications and indicate in their application to the School that they are a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and in which Peace Corps program they completed their service.
Coverdell Fellowship contact information
Interested applicants are asked to complete this brief form.
School of Information Peace Corps Coordinator