Updates for Applicants: December 2019

Hello! This newsletter is sent to individuals who have expressed interest in the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program at University of Arizona. This monthly newsletter is a way for us to show what it means to be a part of the Fellows community at UArizona by sharing information, resources, and programmatic highlights with prospective applicants.
In this Issue...

2020-2021 Application Now Open!

Excellent academic programs, extensive community engagement, competitive financial support, and a welcoming RPCV community - join one of the strongest Coverdell Fellows programs in the country. We look forward to reviewing your applications!

Apply here: 2020-2021 University of Arizona Coverdell Application

Important Dates

  • January 15th, 2020 - Priority Deadline for Coverdell Fellow applications
  • March 1st, 2020 - Deadline for 2nd Round Review of Coverdell Fellow applications
  • Variable - Academic Department Deadlines - Coverdell applicants must submit a separate application to their academic program. Coverdell Fellowships are contingent upon acceptance into your department and the university.  Be sure to check these application deadlines with your academic department.

Arizona Coverdell Program Benefits

The University of Arizona has one of the most comprehensive benefits packages for RPCVs pursuing graduate studies: 
Recent Arizona Coverdell Fellows service events included Cyclovia Tucson and tree-planting with the Watershed Management Group
Financial Benefits
  • Waived non-resident tuition (out-of-state students charged as in-state)
  • 50% tuition remission for base resident tuition
  • 12 months of student health insurance (~$2,600 value)
  • $8,400+ stipend (paid bi-weekly like a paycheck)
  • $3,000 Federal Work Study (needs based award)
  • 10% discount at bookstore
       Other Benefits
Curious about cost? Use the Arizona Bursar Tuition Calculator to estimate your cost of attendance. Keep in mind that the Coverdell Fellowship does not cover mandatory program fees.

Frequently Asked Questions

"Can I apply to the Coverdell Fellowship if I haven't finished my service yet?"

If you have not yet finished your Peace Corps service but will COS before fall classes start, you are welcome to apply to the Coverdell. Keep in mind that all Fellows are expected to attend orientation events in Tucson starting in mid-August though! Submit a letter from your Country Director verifying your planned COS date and that you are on track to finish your service by that time.
"Do I need a car in Tucson?"
Tucson is a bike-friendly city! Many Fellows assistantship sites are available near campus, and some Fellows rely exclusively on cycling and public transportation. Fellows providing service on reservations, in border communities, and/or on projects across Arizona will require access to a car if the agency does not have transportation to the site. However, student bus and streetcar passes are available.

Learn more about life in Tucson with our Moving to Tucson Guide!


Fellows in the News

Congratulations to Fellows alums Breanne Lott, MPH (RPCV Ethiopia) and Katey Redmond, MPH (RPCV South Africa)! 

Breanne and Katey recently received Fulbright U.S. Student Research Program awards to conduct public health research in Nigeria and Namibia, respectively. 

Read more about their plans to conduct research on cervical cancer and tuberculosis: Public Health Students Selected as Fulbright Scholars


Current Fellow (RPCV Panama 2015-2017) and student in the MS Hydrology program, Sean Schrag-Toso, was recently named a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) Class of 2020 Finalist! 

PMF is a flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates to work at federal agencies.

This competitive program selected only 8% of its 4,900 applicants as Finalists this year.  Congratulations, Sean!
"When I first began my internship search, I reached out to professors, second year students, and Coverdell Fellows who were working internationally and learned about a fully-funded international public health internship called Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations (CEESP). I ended up applying and being accepted to the program, which offers $7,000 for international cancer epidemiology research projects."
Christina Baum
UArizona Coverdell Fellow, 2018-2020
CEESP Scholar 2019
Master of Public Health
RPCV Malawi 2015-2017
Who are we and what do we do? Learn more about our 51 active Coverdell Fellows and alumni on our website!

Connections and Contacts

Interested in learning more about our program and how to apply?  Here are three excellent resources:
Watch our Webinar
Our webinar gives a great overview of the UArizona Coverdell program and benefits, how to apply, and answers to many FAQs. The latest webinar recording (November 2019) is now available online.
Register for our Essay Tips Webinar - 12/16/19
Our Coverdell program staff will host a web chat on Monday, December 16th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Arizona Time - MST). We will be available online to answer questions you may have about the program or application. Register here to receive more information and reminders as the date nears.
Contact our Student Assistant
Current Fellow and Graduate Assistant Lisa Floran is happy to answer your questions or set up a time to talk!  Lisa served in Senegal from 2011-2013 and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health. Email Lisa here:
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