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Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

UMSI, in partnership with the U.S. Peace Corps, provides returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) the opportunity to earn an MSI through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program.  

The program offers up to two students a year 50%-100% tuition support. 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 are eligible.

All RPCVs receive an application fee waiver to the MSI program. Coverdell Fellows are encouraged to participate in U-M and UMSI’s Peace Corps recruitment activities and are expected to bring the third goal of the Peace Corps to the university: to promote helping Americans understand the people and cultures of other countries.

Applicants to UMSI’s Master of Science in Information program can apply for the fellowship by indicating in their application that they are an RPCV and in which Peace Corps program they completed their service.

For more information on the Coverdell Fellows Program, email You can also read the story of Jessamine Bartley-Matthews, who spent two years as an agricultural volunteer in Nicaragua prior to coming to UMSI.