**UPDATE! For the 2021-2022 Academic Year, the Application Deadline has been extended to February 15th,
in line with UAB SOPH extending the deadline for graduate scholarships.
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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) or Masters of Science in Public Health (MSPH).
Continue reading to learn more about current Coverdell Fellows, eligibility for the scholarship, benefits included, and how to apply.
Current Coverdell Fellows
These experiences are what brought me to UAB to pursue my MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health. I currently lives in Anchorage, AK and work for the environmental health department of a tribal health organization. The best thing about my UAB experience so far has been being able to apply so much of what I learns in the classroom directly to my job and vice versa.
I am currently still in that role while also pursuing my MPH in Health Care Organization and Policy at UAB. A fellow cohort member of mine started the online program at UAB a year prior to me, which gave me some insight to the program. I have enjoyed the flexibility that the online program allows and appreciate the expertise that faculty members lend their students. I was worried about how I would do with online learning, but the courses and instructors are wonderful!
Become a UAB Coverdell Fellow
Benefits of being a Coverdell Fellow
- $8,000 scholarship (distributed over 2 years)
- In-state status for the duration of their time of study in the MPH or MSPH program
- Inclusion in the Sparkman Fellows program, which fosters global health interests in students across UAB. Through this program Coverdell Fellows will be matched with a faculty mentor for their first year of study. Read more about the Fellows program here.
- Direct connection to the Sparkman Center for advising and support in pursuing global health goals while a student
Eligibility Requirements for Coverdell Fellows1. Applicant must be applying to the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health to enroll in either the MPH or MSPH program for a fall semester.
2. Application materials must be received by the Sparkman Center for Global Health by February 1st. See application tab for details.
Application ProcessStep 1: When filling out your SOPHAS application, keep an eye out for the question that reads "If you are a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer applying for a fall entry term, you are eligible to apply for the Coverdell Fellows Scholarship. Indicate your intention to apply below and then visit www.uab.edu/sparkmancenter/peace-corps to complete your application." This is located under "Additional Questions."
Mark YES under I am a returning Peace Corps volunteer and intend to apply for the Coverdell Fellows Scholarship.
Step 2: Fill out the form below in order to submit your Description of Service alongside your application. All returned Peace Corps Volunteers must submit their Description of Service (DOS). Current Peace Corps Volunteers should submit a letter of support from their program manager/Country Director specifying that the applicant is in good standing until the DOS is available.
Step 3: Make sure steps 1 and 2 are completed by February 1st.
Administration of ScholarshipSelection of scholarship recipients will be made by the Sparkman Center for Global Health in accordance with the general guidelines and specific criteria for the scholarship.
The Coverdell Fellows Scholarshpi is coordinated with the School of Public Health Dean's Office. Enrollment requirements must be met before scholarship funds are distributed. Once a Fellow is selected, they will receive a letter detailing the terms of the scholarship.
If you are looking for information on Coverdell Fellowships available for other degree programs at UAB, please see here:
If you are a current UAB student interested in applying for the Peace Corps, please connect with the Peace Corps Prep program here: