Centers and Institutes
About the Peace Corps
The Peace Corps provides an unparalleled opportunity to learn about other people, develop language and career skills, and help improve the quality of life for people in developing countries. The goals of the Peace Corps are to promote peace and stability through education and training; foster understanding of other peoples among Americans; and enhance other peoples' understanding of Americans.
About 7,000 volunteers currently serve in more than 70 countries around the world, and to date about 170,000 Americans have volunteered since its establishment in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. Peace Corps is a government-funded non-profit organization with a headquarters in each respective partner country. Peace Corps must be invited into the country for this relationship to begin. Visit the Peace Corps website at www.peacecorps.gov.
Peace Corps announced that the University of South Florida ranked No. 18 among large schools on the agency's 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 40 USF undergraduate alumni currently volunteering worldwide. USF also ranked No. 3 among graduate schools with 18 graduate alumni currently volunteering worldwide.
USF Tampa is a recognized "Top Producer" of Peace Corps Volunteers. Ranking 16th in the Nation (among universities larger than 15,000 students) for Peace Corps Volunteers in 2016.
The Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program, at the University of South Florida, is a Graduate Fellowship program awarding financial assistance to selected returned Peace Corps volunteers who are pursuing a master's degree. All Coverdell Fellows will complete internships in underserved communities in the Tampa Bay Area, while working under the supervision of faculty. The Fellows Program will also serve to advance the Peace Corps' Third Goal: To promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
To qualify for a Coverdell Fellow, applicants must have satisfactorily completed their Peace Corps service and must meet the admission requirements of the four separate programs. More information, eligibility requirements, and deadlines for each program can be found by clicking on the College/Department below.
- College of Public Health | Fellows successfully completing the program will receive a Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH).
- College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology | Fellows successfully completing the program will receive a Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology or a PhD in Applied Anthropology.
- College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Fellows successfully completing the program will receive a Master of Science in Civil Engineering or a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering.
- The Patel College of Global Sustainability | Fellows successfully completing the program will receive a Master of Arts in Global Sustainability, with a concentration in Building Sustainable Enterprise, Climate Change & Sustainability, Coastal Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Food Sustainability & Security, Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Tourism, Sustainable Transportation, OR Water.
COMING SOON: Peace Corps Prep Program for Undergraduate Students
Peace Corps Prep is a certificate program for undergraduates that centers on one empowering question: How can you prepare yourself to be the best Peace Corps Volunteer you can be?
Meet USF's Peace Corps Recruiter
Raising Awareness of Opportunities for Peace Corps Service Among the USF Community and Beyond
"Coming out of college, I was eager to put all of my knowledge and skills into action where it could impact people's lives. Ultimately, I received my invitation to serve as an HIV and community health volunteer in Ethiopia for 27 months.
The bond I formed with my community, my fellow volunteers and Peace Corps staff are among the greatest rewards of my service. The lessons I have learned have transformed my approach to Public Health and helped make me the advocate I am today. It really is the toughest job you'll ever love."
- Wilnie Merilien // USF Peace Corps Recruiter // Returned Volunteer, Ethiopia, HIV & Community Health (2012-14)
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