The New School has always fostered a deep commitment to international learning, from the 1933 foundation of the University in Exile as a haven for academics endangered by the rise of European Fascism to the establishment ten years ago of our graduate program in International Affairs. In that tradition, The New School was recently ranked by the Peace Corps’ Master’s International and Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program as one of the top universities for Peace Corps alumni continuing on to graduate study.
The Coverdell Fellows programs provides returning Peace Corps volunteers with scholarships, academic credit, and stipends to earn an advanced degree after they complete their Peace Corps service, and the Master’s International program allows students to earn their graduate degree while serving in the Peace Corps. The New School ranks sixth on the Coverdell/Master’s list.
“Every year, hundreds of Peace Corps volunteers make a difference by combining meaningful service with graduate studies through Peace Corps’ Master’s International and Coverdell Fellows programs,” said Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “After completing Peace Corps service, volunteers return to the United States as global citizens, with leadership, cross-cultural understanding, and language and technical skills that position them for success in today’s global job market.”
Since 1998, when The New School Coverdell Fellows program was established, 77 students have completed the program. Since 1961, 131 alumni of The New School have served in the Peace Corps, with 6 currently serving overseas.