Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) can apply to the Institute’s competitive Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program to receive scholarships, find opportunities to intern in the community, and bring their world experience to campus. RPCVs bring real-world perspectives to discussions and projects in and out of the classroom.


The Middlebury Institute values your Peace Corps experience, and RPCVs are encouraged to apply for the Fellows program. Recipients are guaranteed a minimum scholarship of $32,000 for a four-semester graduate program, and we’ll prorate the scholarship award for two- or three-semester programs. You may also qualify for our other scholarship opportunities, but be sure to apply early for priority consideration.

Application Fee Waiver

All RPCVs can waive the application fee.

Our Peace Corps Connection

Many Institute students, faculty, and staff are RPCVs, including the founder of the Fellows program, Dr. Beryl Levinger, program chair of the Master of Public Administration and master’s in International Policy and Development programs.

Academic Programs

In today’s job market, RPCVs often find they need an advanced degree to supplement their field-based Peace Corps experience. We regularly enroll RPCVs in all of our degree programs but our Fellows pursue graduate degrees in the following programs:


Fellows work closely with the Center for Advising and Career Services to secure a professional internship with an underserved American community. Internship hours depend on the length of the degree program, and students can fulfill their hours working with one or multiple organizations. This flexibility makes the internship both rewarding and manageable.

The Institute has partnered with more than 40 local organizations. The following are examples of local internships that past Fellows have pursued:

  • Idaho Conservation League (Community Conservation Intern)
  • Community Caring of Monterey Peninsula (Social Media Program Assistant)
  • YWCA (Grant Analysis Intern)
  • Health Records for Everyone (Global Health Intern)
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies (Peace Corps Programs Graduate Assistant)
  • Big Sur Land Trust (Grant Planning and Research Coordinator)
  • Lyceum of Monterey County (Program Coordinator)
  • International School of Monterey (Community Project Coordinator)
  • United Way of Monterey (Media Intern)

Eligibility Requirements

All RPCVs who have satisfactorily completed their service have lifetime eligibility. Satisfactory completion is indicated by one of the following:

  • Completed the full two-year tour of Peace Corps service, or the full tour minus up to 90 days if returned home on an emergency leave.
  • Granted Early Close of Service or Interrupted Service status due to circumstances beyond the volunteer's control.
  • Medically separated as a volunteer.

Selection Process

Fellows are selected based on the quality of their applications and the availability of fellowships. Fellowships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and, if space is unavailable, a waitlist is created.

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