Coverdell Fellows Program

Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) awards three Coverdell Fellow Scholarships each year:

  • (2) Coverdell Scholars - receive 35% tuition discount for two years and a $12,000 scholarship covering cost of mandatory fees and towards cost of attendance in their first year.
  • (1) Coverdell Fellow - outstanding RPCV who holds a Graduate Assistant position as Global Scholars Program Coordinator, earning up to $20,000 over two years as well as a 35% tuition discount and $10,000 scholarship covering the cost of mandatory fees over two years.

By participating in the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program, students will: develop relations with New Orleans-based organizations and service opportunities for program participants; organize social events for Global Scholars Program and manage GSP social media platforms; collaborate with other SPHTM student organizations to host events related to current public health events and issues around the world.

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows have unique contact with prospective and current students, as well as Tulane SPHTM Alumni, offering a tremendous opportunity for professional development.  Global Scholars Program Coordinators facilitate partnerships and relationships with alumni, community organizations, as well as Peace Corps Headquarters staff providing limitless networking opportunities.  The coordinator will gain tremendous leadership skills due to the multi-faceted nature of the position.


All RPCVs who satisfactorily complete their service have lifetime eligibility for the Coverdell Fellows program. Most returned volunteers fall into this category. For more information about eligibility, consult the Peace Corps website.

Application Process

All RPCV applicants interested in the Fellowship positions should apply using the SOPHAS application system by the priority deadline of January 15th. RPCVs interested in the Fellows program will also be required to submit a supplemental application. The supplemental application will be sent to interested students after completion of their SOPHAS application and they are due by March 15th. Fellows are selected by a board of RPCV faculty and staff for their demonstrated leadership and ongoing commitment to service.

*If you are interested in this opportunity and missed the deadline due to your service as a Peace Corps Volunteer, please contact Global Scholars Program at