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Application FAQs

What is the application deadline?

The submission deadline date is January 15th.  Materials should be postmarked by January 15th for full consideration. In the case of materials being sent from overseas, please communicate any anticipated delays to Peaceworker staff via email if possible. You will be contacted for a phone interview if your application is still in consideration after the first round of reviews. These interviews are an opportunity to discuss your interests and fit with the program in more detail and to offer more information on possible service opportunities. *Please note that these requests for interviews may be made via email. In the past, hotmail email accounts have rejected emails from UMBC addresses, which has disrupted communication about the application process. Please use a non-hotmail email address if at all possible to avoid these problems.

What if my Peace Corps Description of Service isn’t yet finalized?

The program is happy to accept draft versions of DOS documents, and requests that if you are admitted to the program you submit your final DOS to the program.

When are decisions on admissions made and announced?

The Peaceworker program will announce admissions decisions by April 15th in most cases.

What graduate degree programs participate in the program?

Graduate degree programs listed on the “Call for Applications” document have a history of participation in the program. The Shriver Center has the ability to partner with any UMBC graduate program and partners on a more limited basis with degree programs in the Shriver Center consortium (i.e. Johns Hopkins University, University of MD at College Park, UMB School of Social Work). In all cases the graduate degree program should demonstrate compatible requirements and mission. If you are interested in a degree program that is not listed on the call for applications we recommend that you contact the Peaceworker office in advance to discuss the program and your interests.

How competitive is the application process and what makes a strong application?

The program is interdisciplinary and seeks to keep a balance of degrees represented. In general, there is more competition for Fellowship placements with consortium (i.e. Johns Hopkins University, University of MD at College Park, UMB School of Social Work) degree programs than for fellowship placements with UMBC graduate programs. Applicants may apply to more than one graduate program in conjunction with their Peaceworker application. While our admissions process is competitive, successful applicants write strong personal statements that demonstrate a commitment to the values and mission of the program. We look for a strong fit between the proposed graduate degree program and our available service sites, as well as fit with the personal and professional goals of the applicant. Statements that demonstrate an interest in one of our featured service placements or flexibility around service placements are more likely to be successful.

Can I visit the program or meet with someone to discuss the program?

Yes! You’re encouraged to schedule a time to visit the program in person if you will be in the Baltimore area. Unfortunately in most cases it isn’t possible to include a visit to an ethical reflection session, but informal discussions with current Peaceworkers are generally easily arranged. Phone meetings are also encouraged. To schedule either an in-person visit or phone meeting, contact Associate Director Charlotte Keniston at 410-455-6313 or

I haven’t filed my taxes yet. Can I submit my FAFSA after the application deadline?

Yes. We understand that applicants cannot file their FAFSAs before they file their taxes, and that this happens after the program application deadline. We need your FAFSA by early March, so as long as you submit it by March 1st, we will be happy to accept the FAFSA after the application deadline.