The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program is a graduate school program for returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Through this program, schools across the country offer financial support to returned Volunteers who, in turn, complete substantive internships related to their program of study in underserved communities in the United States. The Sparkman Center is proud to partner with the Peace Corps to offer the Paul D. Coverdell Scholarship to returned Peace Corps Volunteers pursuing a Masters in Public Health (MPH).


 General Eligibility Requirements for Scholarships:

1.  Applicant must be admitted to or enrolled as a full-time student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health in the MPH program. Enrollment requirements do not have to be met at the time of application, but must be met before scholarship funds are distributed.

2. Applications and all supporting documents, including essay, recommendation letter, and signed Description of Service (DOS) must be received by the Sparkman Center for Global Health at the same time as the SOPH application deadline for students entering in the Fall semester to be considered for the scholarship award. 

Administration of Scholarships:

1. Selection of scholarship recipients will be made by a Sparkman Center for Global Health Director in accordance with the general guidelines and specific criteria for the scholarship.

2. Scholarship awards will first be applied toward the recipient’s tuition and fees in the first semester of enrollment through the UAB Office of Financial Aid and annually thereafter if you remain in good academic standing. Because Coverdell Fellows will receive this scholarship, those who are not residents of Alabama are eligible for in-state tuition rates. In the School of Public Health, outstanding candidates may be eligible for named scholarships (19 available) and departmental scholarships. Fellows also have an opportunity for graduate assistantships that are provided for those students who participate in grant-funded projects with faculty researchers.

Application Procedure:

The application period for the 2020-2021 academic year has closed. The application process for students enrolling in Fall 2021 will open by the end of 2020. Please check back for more information. You can also join our monthly newsletter to ensure your receive notice when the application is available


If you are looking for information on Coverdell Fellowships available for other degree programs at UAB, please see here:

UAB College of Arts & Sciences - Public Administration

UAB School of Education - TESOL, Educational Studies, Community Health & Exercise Physiology

UAB School of Nursing

If you are a current UAB student interested in applying for the Peace Corps, please connect with the Peace Corps Prep program here:

UAB Service-Learning, Peace Corps Prep