Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program

Bring your dedication, passion, and global health world view into the profession of nursing.

Peace Corps LogoAfter serving in villages around the world, bring your expertise to your clinical nursing education, applying the skills you’ve developed as a Peace Corps volunteer to your work with individual patients, communities, and neighborhoods in dynamic, urban Baltimore.

The top-ranked University of Maryland School of Nursing offers Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) an outstanding opportunity to build a health care career in nursing. Through service-learning experiences, you will improve people’s lives in underserved communities, build upon the skills and expertise you developed during your Peace Corps service, and advance the Peace Corps’ third goal: bringing the world back home.

Choose from the academic programs below.




  • As a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow, you’ll receive a $10,000 scholarship to use toward tuition and fees for the duration of your nursing program.
  • Your Peace Corps experience strengthens your application, and you’ll receive specialized career mentoring from our Coverdell Fellows Program advisor.
  • You can connect to other Coverdell Fellows from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and be immersed in an exciting interprofessional health care learning environment. 
  • You’ll have opportunities to become involved in community programs throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area and to serve communities during clinical experiences.
  • You’ll take courses or seminars focused on community engagement and population health and you’ll participate in service-learning activities in local Baltimore communities. In your first or second semester, depending upon your course of study, you’ll participate in CIPP 970: Interprofessional Service, Social Justice, and Our Community, a 1-credit elective with service-learning experiences for students in West Baltimore neighborhoods. A second elective, CIPP 971: Population Health in Baltimore, will further familiarize you with interprofessional approaches to improving Baltimore’s communities from the perspective of academic and community partnerships.


Learn more about admission requirements for the BSN, CNL, and MS programs.

You'll indicate your interest in the Coverdell Fellows Program on your application to the University of Maryland School of Nursing. You'll also need to submit an essay expressing your interest and participate in an interview (by phone or in person) with the program advisor.

Opportunities for Further Education

For applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing or are a licensed RN, the University of Maryland School of Nursing also offers master’s degrees; certificate programs; a doctoral-level nurse practitioner program with eight specialties, and a PhD degree.

RPCV Faculty

Our faculty have been around the world as Peace Corps volunteers and are here to network and share their experiences with you:


To learn more about admission as a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow, contact the Office of Admissions.

Coverdell Fellows Program Advisor

Lori A. Edwards, DrPH, RN, PHCNS-BC