Peace Corps Fellows

Qualified Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) bring their world experience to campus and receive a scholarship and guaranteed internship.

Academic Programs

In today's job market, many Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) find they need an advanced degree to supplement the field-based experience they received in Peace Corps. Fellows may earn a master's degree in the fields of international development, human rights, conflict resolution, environmental policy, sustainable development, international trade, international business, or language teaching. The following degree programs are offered to Peace Corps Fellows:

Scholarships Available to Peace Corps Fellows

Peace Corps Fellows at the Monterey Institute are guaranteed a minimum annual scholarship of $12,000, which is renewable for second year of study. The Fellows scholarship will replace any merit scholarship previously awarded by the Monterey Institute.

Internship Opportunities for Peace Corps Fellows

Peace Corps Fellows work closely with the Center for Advising and Career Services to secure a professional internship. Internship hours required for Fellows depend on the length of the degree program: 500 hours for a 2-3 year program, 400 hours for a three semester program, and 300 hours for a two semester (one year) program. As a school dedicated to service, the Monterey Institute has partnered with over 40 local organizations. These local partnerships allow Fellows to integrate a professional internship into their degree, enhancing their academic experience while serving the community.  Some examples of local internships past Peace Corps Fellows have pursued include:

  • 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
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation - Finance and Project Management Intern
  • Monterey Institute - Peace Corps Programs Graduate Assistant
  • Monterey Institute - Graduate Assistant Veteran’s Services

Some fellows would like an international internship for the required hours.  With few exceptions the internship requirement as it relates to the Third Goal is as follows:

“The Third Goal of the Peace Corps aims to help Americans understand the people and cultures of other countries. It is one of the three goals that support the mission of the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship…All Peace Corps Fellows are required to complete an internship in an underserved American community. Generally, an "American Community" is defined as being within the 50 states.”

The exceptions (Commonwealth and U.S. Territories) are noted on the Department of the Interior website for the Office of Insular Affairs.

Campus Life

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers find themselves at home on the diverse Monterey Institute campus, where Peace Corps experience is highly valued. Returned volunteers may even discover that a classmate hails from the country of their Peace Corps service. RPCVs join the Peace Corps Club and are active in the local community. Many Monterey Institute faculty and staff are RPCVs, including the founder of the Fellows program, Dr. Beryl Levinger.

Eligibility Requirements

All RPCVs who have satisfactorily completed their service have lifetime eligibility. Satisfactory completion indicates that the volunteer completed the service through 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 volunteer's control.
  • Medically separated as a Volunteer.

Application and Selection Process

The Fellows program is a competitive award with a limited number of scholarships available to qualified RPCVs. Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions cycle. Candidates may apply between December 1 and March 1 for fall admission and by October 1 for spring admission by completing the Monterey Institute application. To be considered for the Fellows program, there are two requirements in addition to the program requirements:

  • In Statement of Purpose, candidate must express desire to be part of the Fellows program.
  • Candidate must submit Peace Corps Description of Service (DOS).

The selection process for the Fellows program is separate from admission to a Monterey Institute degree program. The candidate will be notified separately if selected for the Fellows program, after the application period is closed.

Application fee waivers are available to RPCVs. However, these waivers can only be granted when using our paper application.

Please contact the Director of Recruiting, Devin Lueddeke, for more information.

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