The University of New Hampshire has expanded its partnership with the Peace Corps to offer the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program to returned Peace Corps volunteers who wish to pursue a Master of Science in global conflict and human security.
“Peace Corps volunteers are changemakers, motivated to make a difference in communities at home and abroad, which is the mission of our master’s program,” says Melinda Negrón-Gonzales, associate professor of political science at UNH. “We are proud to partner with the Coverdell Fellows program to offer financial support to students who want to build a career in humanitarian relief, global development, peacebuilding and more.”
Launched in 1985 at Teachers College, Columbia University, the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program provides graduate school scholarships to students who have completed their tenure abroad with the Peace Corps. Fellows selected for the Coverdell program at UNH will receive an education award of more than $4,000—covering about 25 percent of the total tuition cost for the global conflict and human security program.
Designed for working professionals and full-time students alike, the fully online global conflict master's program cultivates a deep understanding of the challenges facing conflict-affected societies. Taught by faculty who are leaders in the field, students learn to assess human security threats and promote social, economic and political development while building durable peace.
Coverdell Fellows will apply the skills they acquired during Peace Corps service to internships in underserved communities, building professional experience with nonprofits and government organizations while pursuing a master’s degree at a reduced rate.
In addition to global conflict and human security, the Coverdell Fellows program is also available for UNH master’s programs in community development, public administration and public policy at the Carsey School of Public Policy.