By: Jonathan Griffin, DCID Communications Assistant
Duke Center for International Development, Sanford School of Public Policy, The Fuqua School of Business and Duke Global Health Institute co-sign five-year agreement
The U.S. Peace Corps has once again renewed its partnership with Duke University that established the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program. In February, the Duke Center for International Development (DCID), Sanford School of Public Policy, The Fuqua School of Business and Duke Global Health Institute co-signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide financial assistance to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) interested in earning a graduate degree.
In 2004, Duke became the first Coverdell Fellows partner in North Carolina with the signing of an MOU between DCID, the Sanford School of Public Policy and the US Peace Corps. The Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) program at DCID and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) at Sanford both provide generous tuition scholarships to admitted Coverdell Fellows. Since 2004, the Coverdell Fellows program has expanded to include The Fuqua School of Business and Duke Global Health Institute.
“We are excited about this opportunity to continue supporting RPCVs in their pursuit of higher education,” said Eddy Malesky, director of the Duke Center for International Development. “The renewed partnership is a testament to our commitment to provide critical policy analysis skills that leverage on-the-ground experience in solving international development challenges. Not only do our RCPVs benefit from the Coverdell Fellows program, but it also enriches the educational experience of all MIDP fellows by bringing a diverse set of skills and career experiences to our programs. Best of all, Coverdell Fellows continue giving back by serving in local communities.”
Sanford Coverdell Fellows must perform a community service internship and work with a local high need area or community. Fellows have worked with Durham community organizations such as Advance Access and Delivery, NC Center on Actual Innocence, Go Global NC, Community Schools of Durham, Ellerbe Creek Watershed, World Relief, Self-Help Credit Union, Refugee Community Partnerships and Democracy Now.
Upon graduation, Coverdell Fellows have gone on to work in healthcare, climate change policy, immigration advocacy, and more. Many Coverdell Fellow alumni also work with agencies such as USAID, U.S. Department of State, RTI, UNICEF, World Bank, Refugees International, GH Tech and Irex.
This year, Sanford boasts 18 Coverdell Fellows: 15 in the MPP program and three in the MIDP program.
To learn more, visit Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows.