Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows


The Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows is a graduate fellowship program for Peace Corps Volunteers admitted to the Accelerated Masters in Nursing Pathway (AMNP):

  • The AMNP is specially designed for individuals desiring to enter a nursing career who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field.
  • The full-time program of study can be completed within four semesters; in the 4th semester students sit for the NCLEX-RN exam required for licensure and may begin working as a licensed registered nurse.
  • Students graduate at the end of the 4th semester with a master’s of science in nursing degree (MSN).

The Peace Corps Graduate Fellows Appointment Qualifies Students for:

  • the in-state tuition rate.
  • a one-time scholarship of $5,000
  • the opportunity to apply for other scholarships available to AMNP students.

Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows at UAB will:

  • Participate in the translation of their global experience to advance the Peace Corps’ third goal “to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans” by engaging in meaningful experiences with underserved communities in the Greater Birmingham area.
  • Partner with community organizations to provide opportunities for students to address selected community or population health problems through their clinical practicum experiences in the AMNP.
  • Fellows will address two major health issues during these community experiences: reduction of health disparities and preparing the nursing workforce to impact health disparities.
  • Have opportunities to work and collaborate with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers residing in the Greater Birmingham area on community projects targeting underserved populations with health disparities.
  • Learn in a dynamic environment with access to populations with health disparities that impact both urban and rural populations.
  • Be mentored by a faculty who has both served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and entered nursing via the Accelerated Masters in Nursing Pathway.

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