Coverdell Fellows Program

Dean's Welcome Letter

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Dear Coverdell Fellows Applicants:

Dean Parayil

Dean Govindan Parayil

We are very pleased to announce that the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida has been selected by the Peace Corps to offer the Coverdell Fellows program. This prestigious designation allows us to recruit the brightest and most accomplished Returning Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). Beginning in Fall 2017, our program will provide these scholars with world-class academic, research and community service opportunities right here in our local communities. We are extremely proud to welcome our first Coverdell Fellow this Fall 2017.

Your admission into our Master of Arts in Global Sustainability program can be the beginning of a successful career in the field of sustainability. The Patel College focuses on four main tenets: People, Planet, Profit, and Purpose. This is complimented by our proven experience in addressing these important issues. Our faculty and staff look forward to working with you to achieve your goals right here in Tampa Bay area and beyond. At the end of the graduate program, our Coverdell Fellows will perform their internships in underserved US communities. This will serve and empower our communities to achieve their goals as you accomplish your own ambitions. Together, we will help make our world more peaceful and sustainable.

As you complete your application for our Master's degree program in Global Sustainability, please be certain to include the additional Coverdell essay which is required for consideration and selection for our Coverdell Fellowship Program. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Kelly Gaskell, Assistant Director and Peace Corps Coverdell Program Coordinator at

We are excited about your future in our program!