Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellow Program

In 2008, the School of Nursing was approved by the Peace Corps as a Paul D. Coverdell Program (henceforth referred to as the Peace Corps Fellows). This program is available to returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who pursue graduate studies in a variety of subject areas. More than 40 universities currently participate in this program, offering financial assistance to RPCVs, and opportunities for them to use the knowledge and skills they developed during their overseas service during their graduate work as they participate in service learning projects with underserved communities. Information about this program is available at the Peace Corps website. 

Through this program, RPCVs will be able to apply either to the BSN program as a second degree student, or to  the Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway (AMNP) program. To learn more about the BSN program, please click on the following link: BSN Program  To learn more about the AMNP program, please click on the following link: AMNP Program

A key component of the Fellows program involves partnering with community organizations to provide opportunities for students to address selected community or health problems through their clinical practicum experiences. Fellows will address two major health issues during these community experiences: reduction of health disparities, and addressing the nursing shortage.

In 2010 the School of Nursing accepted its first RPCV's, Erin Gockel and Katie Rozofsky.  Katie, who was in the AMNP program, completed her Peace Corps service in Surinam in 2008, and Erin, who was in the BSN program, completed her service in Azerbaijan in 2008. The third and fourth fellows were Bryant Laney (Zambia 2008) and Andrea Torre (Zambia 2010). The fifth fellow was admitted to the program in 2013. Her name is Andrea Kayne and she completed her service with the Peace Corps in Paraguay in 2012. The School of Nursing has been privileged to have them as they learned much from their Peace Corps experiences which enriched our nursing programs and will enrich our profession!  We have been and continue to be proud to have all of these fellows as students in the UAB School of Nursing! 

To complete an application, please click on the following link Peace Corps Fellows Application


Faculty member Dr. Lynda Wilson with fellows Bryant Laney and Andrea Torre in 2012