Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Welcome


with a degree from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University

The Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University is a public policy school with a mission. We’re focused on innovative policy solutions that create positive change. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers graduate from our programs with crucial policy analysis skills that help them leverage their on-the-ground experience into broader social impact.  

Many of our staff and faculty are RPCVs. We’re excited to show you the many ways that Sanford graduates are making a difference. Whether you’ve completed your service or you were recalled early because of COVID-19, we invite you to check out our programs below and inquire about our programs and scholarships for returning and recalled volunteers.

What is the Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program?

As part of our partnership with the Peace Corps, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) selected for the Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program are guaranteed a tuition waiver of 50% for the Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) program. The MPP also offers a generous tuition waiver.

In addition, all Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows complete a local community service internship for 10-12 hours per week that benefits the local community. These community service internships allow RCPVs to continue their passion and purpose, and take place during the academic year. Examples of community-based organizations in our area include Self-Help, Advance Access and Delivery, and El Centro Hispano. Coverdell Fellows are paid a monthly stipend for their community service internships. 

Master of International Development Policy

The Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) program at the Sanford School of Public Policy is designed for people like you: passionate, experienced, and working to make a difference in developing countries. Our mid-career program helps you leverage your existing skills and Peace Corps experience into a long-term career in international development. With a flexible curriculum, seven areas of focus, and a hands-on staff and faculty, the MIDP program provides a globally-diverse and practitioner-focused education you need to keep your momentum. 

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Our two-year, professional Master of Public Policy (MPP) program offers students outstanding preparation for dynamic careers as analysts, leaders and managers at various levels of government, nonprofits and corporations – both domestically and internationally.

Sanford alums are changing the world. Holding influential positions in many countries, our graduates are addressing the most pressing issues faced around the globe. They share a spirit of optimism and a confidence that allows them to be creative, think big, and solve problems.

In addition to Sanford’s MPP and MIDP programs, two other schools at Duke are Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship program partners. Please see their websites for more information about their programs and application information.