Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellowship

Greeting from Coverdell Coordinator

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program is a fellowship program based in the Lillian Carter Center (LCC) for Global Health & Social Responsibility that offers financial assistance to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). The selected Emory Coverdell Fellow will receive up to a 25% fellowship to study full-time in the MN, MN Pathway to MSN, or MSN program. The fellow is required to complete internships/clinical hours with organizations working with underserved communities in the United States and to model cultural humility throughout their degree program(s).

Greeting from Coverdell Coordinator

Yẽ soml –mã (Welcome in Moba)!

My name is Dr. Helen Baker and I am the Coordinator for the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow Program and for Global and Community Engagement in the LCC at Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. I served as a Community Health and AIDS Prevention Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo from 2007-2009 and then returned to Togo to work as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer from 2015-2016, while completing my doctoral research. During my Coverdell fellowship in nursing school, I worked with low-income older adults and pregnant refugee women --- doing everything from Wii bowling to reconciling medications to teaching refugees how to shop with WIC vouchers. My experience in the Peace Corps and as a Coverdell Fellow changed the way I view and provide health care. It also shaped my research, which focuses on access to sexual and reproductive services. I love working with the Coverdell Fellows at the School of Nursing and I am excited to hear from prospective students. Please contact me with any questions about this fellowship program. Merci!

Peace Corps Coverdell Map

Why Become a Fellow

The Coverdell Fellows Program partnership provides scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers who complete a degree-related internship in an underserved American community while they pursue their studies. Within the School of Nursing, the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility will provide Service -Learning opportunities to up-and-coming nurses.

To date, RPCVs have worked in clinics for refugees and other immigrant populations, homeless, and at-risk-youth.

Coverdell Fellows will benefit from:

  • Financial Assistance: Fellows selected for the program will receive up to a 25% fellowship that covers tuition and fees
  • Working with low-resource communities: Emory Coverdell Fellows will participate in a LCC immersion experience and complete an internship(s) at Atlanta-based organizations that serve low-resource communities in the United States.
  • Furthering the Peace Corps Mission: By sharing their Peace Corps experience and global perspective with the communities they serve here in the United States.

Fellow Eligibility / Requirements


To qualify for the program, applicants must:

  • Satisfactory completion of Peace Corps Service.
  • Meet the admission requirements of Emory University and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSON).
  • Be admitted to or enrolled as a full-time student at the NHWSON in a program granting an MN, MN Pathway to MSN, or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Maintain full-time student status and a 3.5 GPA.
  • Fellows are expected to actively participate in community of scholarship and service.


  • Intern/complete clinical hours at an Atlanta-based organization that serves low-resource communities in the United States that matches the fellow’s interest and experience (minimum 100 hours/year)
  • Organizations include, but are not limited to:
  • Free Clinics: Community Advanced Practice Nurses, Good Samaritan Health Center, BP SOS, Clarkston Community Health Center
  • Mentoring:Health Career Academy
  • Teaching: Refugee Family Literacy and Fugees Academy
  • Participate in a LCC immersion experience and be a peer mentor to other students in the immersion course
  • Take on leadership roles and provide guidance when working in underserved clinical settings
  • Support the Peace Corps’ third goal: “To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans”


For financial aid and application questions about the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program, please contact:

Katie Kennedy
Senior Assistant Dean for Admission and Financial Aid
Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs

For program questions, please contact:

Dr. Helen Baker, PhD, MSc, FNP-BC, RN
Assistant Clinical Professor
Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow Program Coordinator
Global and Community Engagement Coordinator
Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility
Phone: 404.727.2157