Master of Nonprofit Administration

Peace Corps Paul d. coverdell Fellowships

The Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) program offers a Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corp Fellowship to a qualifying student each year. The selection for such fellowships will be limited to those who have shown outstanding academic performance, a strong commitment to a career in the nonprofit sector, and possess high potential for leadership in the nonprofit sector. Candidates must apply to the MNA program to be considered for a fellowship.

The Notre Dame Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) program will award one Coverdell Fellowship totaling $10,500 (approximately 25% of the total tuition) to a returning Peace Corps volunteer accepted into the program. Applicants are not precluded from applying for other MNA merit-based scholarships and financial aid awards. An applicant who wishes to be considered for the Coverdell Fellowship will need to make that selection on the application.

Prospective students wishing to be considered for the fellowship must begin the process by applying here.

We only accept students who have at least two years of nonprofit work and/or volunteer experience post their undergraduate experience. This is an applied degree so students see the tangibility of the curriculum immediately and the positive impact in the communities they serve. Our students represent a diversity of areas in the nonprofit sector, and we are proud to provide an exceptional body of peers for our Coverdell Fellows. We have students from human services, arts and healthcare sectors; religiously affiliated organizations; foundations; parochial and secular education; and higher education. Each class is capped at a relatively small size—about 30 students—to facilitate a tight-knit community of learners.

MNA program staff will mentor each Coverdell Fellow during his or her time as an MNA student. A three-credit Field Project is a capstone experience for all MNA students. Coverdell Fellows are allowed to integrate their Peace Corps experience for this independent project and the Nonprofit Professional Development Associate Director will facilitate them in writing a paper based on their individual Peace Corps experience.