Peace Corps’ Paul D. Coverdell Fellows

Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, in partnership with the Peace Corps, awards Returned Peace Corps Volunteers enrolling ona full-time basis a minimum scholarship of $10,000 per semester through the Heinz College – Peace Corps Program.

Over the past 10 years, Heinz College has provided over $1.5 million in scholarship support to Peace Corp’s Paul D. Coverdell Fellows. The Heinz College has long been committed to making a top-tier graduate education accessible to talented students. Paul D. Coverdell Fellows have consistently proven to our Faculty that the experience, skills, and passion of returned Volunteers enrich the graduate school experience for all; both inside and outside of the classroom. Heinz College is proud to be a top choice among returned Volunteers who wish to continue their service and commitment to the public good.    

Heinz College awards the scholarship to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are entering one of the College’s full-time graduate degree programs. The award will be made at the time of admission (no separate application is necessary). To be considered for the scholarship, Heinz College applicants should indicate their involvement with the Peace Corps on the application for admission. Eligible students will receive at least $10,000 in scholarship per semester.

Nisha Abraham’s primary field of interest lay in the Middle East. The Heinz College alum had focused on the region as she prepared for a career in international relations, interning at the UN Department of Political Affairs’ policy planning unit and the U.S. State Department’s Office of Israeli and Palestinian Affairs.


In addition to the scholarship award, the Peace Corps volunteers will be eligible for the MSPPM or MISM program’s 3-semester track, allowing students to complete their master’s degree in less time and re-enter the work force 5-6 months earlier.

The Heinz College – Peace Corps Scholarship Program has been established as part of Heinz College’s commitment to promoting innovative decision-making and diverse perspectives in leadership in education policy-making.


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This program is designed for returned Peace Corps volunteers interested in pursuing a degree in any of the master’s programs at Heinz College.

Admissions Requirements
To apply, prospective students must take the GRE (or GMAT), complete an application form, and submit transcripts from all universities attended, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and a resume. Students can apply on-line for free. Students are granted admission on the basis of academic achievement, performance on the GRE, experience in the proposed field of study, leadership experience, fit of their goals with the program, and recommendations that indicate they are capable of excelling in a rigorous master’s program. No single factor guarantees or prevents admission; all factors are weighed in the process.

To learn more about the Heinz College or the Peace Corps partnership, please contact David Eber, Director of Admissions at deber@cmu.eduor 412-268-3347, or complete a brief prospective student profile.