The Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

Peace Corp LogoThe Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program is a distinction offered to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) at The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding who intend to continue their dedication to community service while pursuing a master’s degree in conflict transformation or restorative justice. Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows at CJP work in partnership with local organizations in Harrisonburg through mentored internships. CJP Coverdell Fellows are prepared for careers that address the most pressing problems of our communities, our nation, and our world.

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding prepares Fellows to lead organizations and movements that address interpersonal conflicts and sustained, structural conflicts within organizations, communities, and nations. The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding’s (CJP) MA in Conflict Transformation and MA in Restorative Justice combine theory and practice throughout the 2-year programs. Ongoing practice, specialized skills courses, and individualized practicums inform our learning community. Students benefit from faculty doing cutting-edge research and practice, mentoring from our Practice Director, and opportunities to engage a worldwide network of alums and practitioners. 

Academic Programs

Application Process

Applicants must check the Coverdell Fellows Program box on the electronic application and submit a Description of Service from the Peace Corps. Applicants must complete the full application process, including a personal statement and three letters of recommendation.

Financial Assistance

Coverdell Fellows receive a 25% discount off CJP tuition + fees.

Tuition and Fees
Value of Coverdell Fellowship
Net cost
In state
$ 46,820
$ 11,784
$ 35,036
Out of state
$ 46,820
$ 11,784
$ 35,036



All returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who satisfactorily complete their service have lifetime eligibility for the Coverdell Fellows program.

Learn more in our next virtual open house

CJP hosts virtual open houses throughout the year. This is an opportunity for you to join us "in-person" to learn more about CJP.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to CJP Executive Director, Jayne Docherty and Director of Practice, Amy Knorr.

Click HERE to learn about upcoming Open House dates.


For further information, please contact Scott Eyre - Graduate and Professional Recruitment at (540) 432-4689 or


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