The Institute and Peace Corps have been partnering together for over 20 years, and we are consistently recognized as one of the top 10 Peace Corps partner graduate schools.
Our Peace Corps Connection
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) feel at home on our diverse campus, where their Peace Corps experience is highly valued. Our students come from more than 40 countries, so RPCVs often meet classmates from their country of service. An active Peace Corps club brings together RPCVs and students interested in the Peace Corps to exchange experiences and organize events promoting the Third Goal. The late Institute professor Peter Grothe created the name “Peace Corps,” and many Institute students, faculty, and staff are RPCVs, including the founder of the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program, Dr. Beryl Levinger, program chair of the Master of Public Administration and master’s in International Policy and Development programs.
RPCVs are encouraged to apply for the selective Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program. Recipients intern in underserved American communities and are guaranteed a minimum scholarship of $32,000 for a four-semester graduate program. We will prorate the scholarship award for two- or three-semester programs.
In addition to the Fellows scholarship, the Middlebury Institute gives preferential consideration to RPCVs for need-based and merit scholarship awards. We also have a wide range of partner and affiliation scholarships. Explore our list of scholarships to find out which ones you qualify for.
All RPCVs can waive the application fee when applying for a degree program.
Peace Corps Master's International
The Peace Corps retired its Master’s International graduate school program in 2016. The Peace Corps described the Institute as a prolific producer of Master’s International students and regularly ranked us among the agency’s top programs, including a number two ranking in 2015. While PCMI is retired, the Middlebury Institute continues to prepare students for service, providing tools and frameworks that are invaluable in the field. A master’s plus two years of service is the entry-level threshold for launching a career in development. The Peace Corps is a great way to get that service, and the Institute complements the Peace Corps through the practical nature of our degree programs and content-based language training.