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 of Arts 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 Coverdell 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.
Students interested in the Peace Corps can integrate Peace Corps service into their degree. The entry-level threshold for launching a career in development is a master’s plus experience in the field. This makes the Options for Peace Corps Service ideal for anyone looking to start a career in the highly competitive world of international aid work.