Can I get a degree in ____________?
Generally, the answer is yes. If the program is offered at UMBC and you can make a case for it helping you work on a social change or community service issue, then we will work with any degree program.
Can I attend a consortium school like Loyola University, University of Maryland Baltimore, or University of Maryland College Park?
The Peaceworker program is committed to working with area colleges and universities to bring fellows to their programs. Due to funding and logistical issues, these partnerships are often more difficult to arrange, making these options possible, but more competitive for applicants. Please check with us before applying to any non-UMBC program so that we can talk you through the process and ensure that your chosen program is eligible.
Can I apply for the Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program in conjunction with a nursing degree?
No. Unfortunately, the fellowship does not support pre-medical programs. We do support health policy fellows at UMBC. If you are interested in nursing, please check out the nursing Coverdell fellows programs for RPCVs at University of Maryland, Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University.
Are UMBC and University of Maryland at College Park the same school?
No. UMBC stands for the University of Maryland Baltimore County, which is a different school than the University of Maryland College Park (though they are part of the same state university system).
I have a question about my academic degree program. Can you help?
Please direct all questions regarding individual academic programs to those programs. We may be able to answer some general questions about various academic programs, but the best source of information is someone from the program.
Why does your website say the program begins in July when my graduate program doesn’t start until August?
The Peaceworker program begins the 4th Monday of July each year to allow for a Summer Seminar before the start of the academic year in late August. This allows us to introduce new fellows to the values and structure of the program, to explore Baltimore together, and to get reacquainted with academic reading and writing through assignments that engage fellows in reflecting on their personal experiences and backgrounds in the context of service and leadership. The summer seminar is mandatory and any fellows accepted into Peaceworker should plan to arrive in Baltimore on or before that date.
Can I begin the program in January or another time?
No. The Peaceworker program is cohort based and starts each July.
Can I do a three year program like a Masters in Fine Arts or a Ph.D. program?
Yes. The Shriver Peaceworker Fellowship funds fellows for two years of their graduate study. The program primarily is designed to support masters students start to finish. Students enrolling in programs lasting more than two years would be responsible for funding their education beyond that point. Many programs have fuller funding for Ph.D. students, and you may be able to work this out with your academic program before beginning.
Can I visit the Peaceworker Program?
Yes! Please visit if you are in the area. Program staff are happy to meet with you in person.
Can you put me in touch with an alum who has completed my academic degree program?
Yes. We would be happy to. Please send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I arrange my own placement with a non-profit agency in Baltimore?
No. All service placements are arranged through the Shriver Peaceworker Program.
I am currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer and my Description of Service (DOS) is not completed yet. Do I have to submit it?
Yes. However, we are happy to accept a draft version of your DOS. Please ask your country director for details if needed.
What is the application deadline?
The submission deadline date changes each year but is typically in early to mid January.
When are decisions on admissions made and announced?
The Peaceworker program will announce admissions decisions by April 15th in most cases; in some cases, depending on placement availability and other factors, these decisions can stretch into May or later.
What graduate degree programs participate in the program?
Peaceworker has the ability to partner with any UMBC graduate program; we also work with consortium partners on a more limited basis (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 non-UMBC degree program 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. 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.
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, 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.
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.