Coverdell Fellows Program | Department of Anthropology

Coverdell Fellows Program

The UNT Department of Anthropology is a proud partner of the Peace Corps' Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are encouraged to apply to our Applied Anthropology program, and apply for the Coverdell Fellowship. We believe RPCVs are resourceful, knowledgeable, and determined individuals. These are characteristics that will prove valuable in graduate school and as practicing anthropologists.


  • Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology
  • Master of Science in Applied Anthropology


If accepted, Coverdell Fellows will receive a $5,000 scholarship for their first year of enrollment, $2,500 distributed per semester. They will also receive a tuition reimbursement for up to 6 credit hours for their second year. Out-of-state students will receive a waiver that grants them in-state tuition, a savings of about $14,940, over the timeline of the degree.

Fellows will also be offered a 20-hr/wk Instructional Assistantship position for their first year, an approximate salary of $10,800. During their second year they will be offered a 20-hr/wk Research Assistantship position, with an approximate salary of $14,000.


Deadline for Fall 2024: January 15, 2024
To be considered all application materials must be submitted by this deadline. If the entire application is not received by this deadline, your application will not be eligible for the Coverdell Fellows program.

Applicants must apply and be accepted by UNT's Toulouse Graduate School. Applicants should send all of the following required documentation directly to the Toulouse Graduate School.

Items Include:

  • Toulouse Graduate School application form
  • Application fee
  • Transcripts from all previous college work
  • GRE scores waived for 2024 application process

In addition, applicants must also apply and be accepted by the Department of Anthropology,

Items Include:

  • Department of Anthropology Application (make sure to check the box asking about Peace Corps)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
    • In your essay, you must indicate how your Peace Corps service relates to what you want to accomplish from attending UNT, and from training in the field of Applied Anthropology
  • Writing Sample
  • Scholarship Application
    • This application asks you to describe activities you've done that relate to the field of anthropology. Though we assume that your Peace Corps experience would provide rich material for this, you do not have to focus on that, if you feel you've already exhausted the topic in the Statement of Purpose.

Please do not send transcripts to the Department of Anthropology. This slows down the application process. The Toulouse Graduate School will forward the transcripts to the department when they have been processed.

The Department of Anthropology reviews all applications together, approximately one month after each application deadline. You will receive decision letters shortly after the admissions committee meets.

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