Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who would be my advisor if I joined the Coverdell Fellows program?
A. Dr. Looye is the advisor for all Coverdell Fellows.
Q. What are the chances of getting financial aid in the form of assistantships or scholarships?
A. The School of Planning has a limited number of graduate assistantships, which go to the best applicants. Financial aid will be awarded on a competitive basis. The majority of Coverdell Fellows students receive financial aid.
Q. Should I send my résumé as part of my application? Where should I send the digital copy?
A. Yes, please send a digital copy of your résumé to Dr. Looye.
Q. How does the Coverdell Fellows program differ from the regular MCP?
A. The main difference between the Fellows program and the regular MCP program is that almost all students in the Fellows program receive some financial aid (tuition and/or graduate assistantship with stipend) in exchange for working as an intern with a community organization involved in working with underserved groups In addition, each student in the program is required to take a special Peace Corps seminar class that meets weekly.
Q. What types of internships do Coverdell Fellows students get?
A. In recent years, we had students working in the following agencies: Working in Neighborhoods, Communities United for Action, Groundwork Cincinnati, Green Umbrella, The Center for Great Neighborhoods, Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, Smart Money and more! The organizations all work to address issues affecting underserved groups.
Q. What is the Peace Corps Practicum like?
A. The primary purpose of this course is to explore ways in which overseas Peace Corps service related to domestic work with underserved communities. Through lectures, open discussions, and writing exercises, students explore issues of community development work as a professional planner, including reflection on how to use the knowledge and skills developed during overseas service to improve people’s lives.
Q. Is the application to the Coverdell Fellows program a separate process from the graduate program (i.e. separate essays, recommendations, application, etc.) or do all materials need to be sent to the graduate school with no distinct Coverdell Fellows application?
A. There is only one application for both the MCP program and the Coverdell Fellows program. Indicate Coverdell Fellows on the application form and send Dr. Looye your Description of Service (DOS) and digital résumé. Additionally, if your essays do not address why you want to pursue the Coverdell Fellows program please submit a short essay explaining your reasons to Dr. Looye.
Q. Is there a deadline for the Coverdell Fellows application?
A. The deadline for the Coverdell Fellows application is the same as that for the School of Planning application. Generally, we begin to distribute financial aid on March 1st, so we recommend that you submit your materials by February 1st.
Q. I did not complete my full term as a volunteer and opted for an early termination (ET). Does this affect my eligibility for the Coverdell Fellows Program?
A. Your eligibility for the Coverdell Fellows program depends on “satisfactory completion” of the Peace Corps. You need to send our office a copy of your DOS (Description of Service). We then check with the Peace Corps as to your eligibility. No matter the situation with the Coverdell Fellows program, you are welcome to apply to the Master of Community Planning program.
Q. Do you accept students for the Coverdell Fellows program for the spring term or do you only accept students for the fall?
A. We do accept students for the spring term, however there is less financial aid available at that time.