Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program
The School of Natural Resources and Extension welcomes and encourages returned Peace Corps volunteers in the Peace Corps Fellows program. This is a wonderful way to continue your volunteer service while earning a higher degree.
The Peace Corps Fellows program advances the Peace Corps' third goal "to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans," by developing and maintaining educational partnerships that place returned Peace Corps volunteers in internships in underserved U.S. communities. Through the internships, Peace Corps Fellows are able to use the knowledge and skills they developed during their overseas service to improve people's lives in the U.S.. As Peace Corps Fellows, they earn graduate degrees while advancing their professional development for careers in a wide range of fields.
Pursuing a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources Management or a Master of Natural Resources Management will help you master a specialty in a natural resources field and give you a chance to practice that specialty in a Peace Corps Fellows internship in an underserved community. Both degrees may be tailored to a student's interests and career goals so the curricula are very flexible. Students coming into the programs without sufficient backgrounds in the sciences or natural resources may need to take additional basic courses.
Some of the problems needs-based communities in Alaska face include maintaining adequate food resources for family subsistence, providing educational services, especially in small, remote communities or local schools, proper waste disposal in rural communities and technical assistance in natural resources management.
All applicants must take the GRE exam but there is no “cutoff” score. The GRE is just one piece of the application. While students are normally expected to have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in their undergraduate degree coursework, we sometimes accept students with a lower GPA if other parts of their application are strong. We accept applications continuously and students may begin in fall, spring, or summer semesters.
However, to be considered for financial aid, you must submit your application by MARCH 1st (see below).
Financial aid for graduate studies is in very short supply: there are limited fellowships and teaching assistantships available.
To qualify for these, students must be starting in a fall semester and their UAF online application for admission must be complete by March 1st. All candidates for financial aid must also send a statement explaining why they want to be a Coverdell student. Finally, please send an academic research paper that you wrote (ideally for a class). If you do not have such a document, then something close to a research paper should be submitted. These 2 documents should be sent directly to our Peace Corps Coordinator, Dr. Susan Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send these documents to Dr. Todd by March 1st if you wish to have your application considered for these awards.