The Coverdell Fellowship

Awarded to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

The Jackson School of Global Affairs participates in the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. The fellowships are awarded to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who apply as a Coverdell Fellow.

To be considered, interested RPCVs upload a 500 word-max Peace Corps Fellowship Statement to the online application, indicating how the fellowship fits into their academic and professional plans, and how they plan to fulfill the Coverdell internship requirement.

During their graduate studies, Coverdell Fellows complete a degree-related internship in an underserved American community, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as Peace Corps volunteers. 

At Jackson, Coverdell Fellows receive full tuition (and may receive an additional stipend). Coverdell Fellows may be named after intent to matriculate decisions are made.

For more information on the Coverdell Fellows Program, visit the Peace Corps website or attend an upcoming Jackson webinar for prospective Coverdell Fellows.


Meet our current Coverdell Fellows:

Anthony Asuega

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As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, Anthony taught math and science to high school students, led the construction of classrooms and a cafeteria, and facilitated a boys and girls club all in the same rural community in which he lived and worked. After returning to the States, he was a researcher in the Sustainability Research Laboratory at Colorado State University, where he contributed to a greater understanding of the economic feasibility of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) by developing the first engineering-based SMR economic model, allowing capital and operational cost estimates across various technologies, Monte Carlo uncertainty analysis, and a carbon tax plan to create cost parity between low-carbon SMRs and carbon-intensive natural gas plants.

At Yale, he is exploring economic development for poor and working-class communities through the public and non-profit sectors, and how a just energy transition can benefit both people and planet.

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Allison Holland

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Allison served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa, where she initiated a food security and sustainable agriculture program in her village. During her service, she worked closely with women-run businesses and provided financial literacy, community gardening, and nutrition trainings. 

At Yale, she is focused on the relationship between food insecurity and water scarcity, and its impact on global conflict, the environment, and women’s development. 

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Paulina Prasad

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Prior to her time at Yale, Paulina lived in the Ecuadorian Amazon as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English at a local high school. She spearheaded the development of the first English language camp in the region and coordinated after-school youth clubs with the local community center. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Paulina was hired as an environmental specialist for Sun Mountain International, a company that specializes in environmental monitoring and compliance for USAID-funded food security projects. She worked out of the Quito office with Sun Mountain for over two years where she gained exposure to USAID procedures and documents.  At Yale, Paulina is focused on partnering with countries in the Pacific region and Latin America to create economically and environmentally sustainable policies with a particular focus on infrastructure and the built environment. 

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Marcus Senninger

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Marcus served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia, where he utilized his background in business and farming to develop rural aquaculture and teach essential business skills in his village. After Yale, Marcus intends to pursue a career in the US government, or NGOs in the field of US-China-Africa relations, development, and business. 

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