CED Partnership with the PEACE CORPS

Program Description
The Community Economic Development Program, Southern New Hampshire University, combines interdisciplinary course work with Peace Corps service.  They equip participants with community economic development, management, planning, and problem-solving skills designed for professional practice in developing countries or with disenfranchised communities in the United States. 

Overview of Partnership with Peace Corps for Graduate Study

Fellows/USA advances the Peace Corps third goal - "to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans," by developing and maintaining educational partnerships that place RPCVs in internships in underserved U.S. communities. RPCVs use the knowledge and skills they developed during their overseas service to improve people's lives here at home.

RPCVs interested in the Fellows/USA program in conjunction with the Community Economic Development Program are eligible to apply for a Master of Science in Community Economic Development degree with National CED specialization.  To take advantage of the Fellows/USA scholarship dollars, a RPCV must perform a project that focuses on marginalized communities in the United States. Students returning from Peace Corps service are given special consideration for admission and scholarship.

SNHU Scholarship Opportunities for RPCV students

A $2,000 scholarship per academic year ($4,000 degree total) for the Masters of Science program. Fellows/USA students also receive up to 3 academic credits for their Peace Corps service.

The M.S. in CED with a Peace Corps option is designed to meet the needs of:

  • A returning Peace Corps Volunteer seeking to integrate their field experiences with a practice oriented program in CED.

How to Apply to the Peace Corps Fellows/USA Program

  1. Apply to the CED program.
  2. Notify the PC of your intent to enter SNHU's CED Program.
  3. Send official documents to SNHU admissions stating you have completed your PC obligations in “good standing”.

To inquire about Fellows/USA programs contact Fellows/USA at 1.800.424.8580 ext. 1440 or visit Fellows USA site.