The Paul D Coverdell Fellows Program

unh coverdell fellows programThe Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute is proud to be a partner of the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. More than 670 alumni of UNH have entered the Peace Corps over the years, and we would like to offer them and all returned Peace Corps volunteers the opportunity to further their education and expand their impact, both overseas and domestically. The partnership builds on the University's international leadership and ties directly to UNH's Strategic Plan for 2020.

What do Coverdell Fellows gain from the master’s program?

The Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice program will prepare you for advanced policy- and practice-oriented work in the field of development. With an integrated conceptual framework, high level tools, and the best thinking in the field, you will have the opportunity to learn from senior faculty who are recognized for their teaching excellence and have extensive field experience. They engage with, and are inspired by, students who bring their work experience, enthusiasm, and life stories to the classroom.

What makes our program unique? 

  • This interdisciplinary program offers courses across academic disciplines, especially the social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, and management.
  • It is an applied academic program with a variety of courses designed so you are exposed to and are provided with tools that are readily applicable to real-world situations.
  • The master’s program has an adult-friendly, “blended” format that is designed for working professionals with both in-person and online learning delivery platforms. It begins in mid-May of each year when students travel to UNH’s Durham campus for four weeks to engage with and learn from faculty members and fellow students in person. This is followed by fall, winter, and spring academic terms that are all delivered online. Students then come back to UNH’s Durham campus in May of the following year for another four weeks to complete their degree. See examples of the course models at

What benefits does the master’s program offer to Coverdell Fellows? 

  • An integral part of the program is the required, four-course project series where students learn and practice the theories and methodologies of project design, implementation, management, and evaluation as they combine class work with on-the-ground projects that address iden­tified social and economic needs. Returned Peace Corps volunteers who enroll via the Fellows Program will be assisted in the development and implementation of projects that benefit underserved communities.
  • Coverdell Fellows are offered between $1,000 and $2,000 tuition scholarships during the first summer, fall, spring, and second summer terms. The precise amount of the offer to individual fellows will take into account student need.

How can Coverdell Fellows be part of the master’s program? Application to the program takes place online via the UNH Graduate School application page. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but there is a February 15 extended to March 15 deadline for a start in May of the same year. Application requirements include a completed online application form, an undergraduate degree, academic transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, an up-to-date resume, and a personal statement of the applicant’s relevant past experiences, including academics, research, and/or work experience. The personal statement should also include an expression of interests and an explanation of the student’s goals in pursuing a master's degree. Coverdell Fellow applicants should state their RPCV status and their interest in enrolling through the Coverdell Fellows program in their personal statement.

Who do Coverdell Fellows get in touch with for any questions or clarifications?

Sanjeev Sharma
Program Manager
603-862-2821 (phone)
603-862-3878 (fax)