We value your public service experience.

The Fels Institute has formal relationships with public service organizations like AmeriCorps, City Year, Peace Corps, and Teach for America and highly encourages alumni of these programs to consider us for a graduate program.  We believe that the same qualities that allowed you to complete these programs will help you make significant contributions in and out of the classroom.

Public Service Partnership Benefits

  • Two year deferral for students who are admitted to our programs and choose to join the Peace Corps or Teach for America (one year for AmeriCorps)
  • Any applicant to the Fels Institute of Government who is a member of Teach for America or the Peace Corps is eligible for an application fee waiver. Please email lps@sas.upenn.edu (attention: Eileen Dougherty) to request a fee waiver code, which much be used on the payment screen before submitting the application
  • A minimum $8,000 scholarship for full-time MPA students per year (renewable for the second year of study).  Additional scholarship amounts are dependent on the merit of each application.  Scholarship will be pro-rated for Executive MPA and dual-degree students.  Certificate-only students are not eligible.

Peace Corps' Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

We are proud to participate in the Peace Corps’ Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. Established in 1985, Coverdell Fellows (formerly known as Fellows/USA) is a partnership between the Peace Corps and selected graduate schools across the country.

Learn more

To hear from current and former students who are alumni of these programs, visit our YouTube page.