Peace Corps

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Questions & Answers

When should I begin my application and when is the best time to submit my application?

  • Begin your application as early as possible. For priority consideration, submit it by January 31.
  • The application process can take 3 to 6 months to complete, depending on the timing of receiving your materials and your department of interest.
  • The application/selection process is competitive, 6 to 8 Fellows are accepted into the program each year.
  • Applications are reviewed January – February.
  • Interviews are scheduled in late February and March.
  • Acceptance into the program will be announced in late March, early April. Corresponding.

What are you looking for in an applicant?

  • Commitment, experience, and an understanding of and interest in community and economic development. Any experience or information you can share with us relating to this topic will strengthen your application.

Are GRE or GMAT scores mandatory?

  • The GRE is not mandatory for any of our partnering departments.
  • The GMAT is only mandatory for the MBA program application. The Political Science department will accept a GMAT to strengthen your application if necessary.

If I have not finished my Peace Corps service how can I send you a copy of my Description of Service (DOS)?

  • Once you are asked to write your draft DOS please send a copy to us for your file.
  • When you have the final DOS please send us a COPY, not the original.

My references have not sent a letter to the Graduate Office, what should I do?

  • Call or send your reference a polite reminder with a deadline and follow up with them on or near the deadline you set.

If I receive a Masters Degree in EIS with an emphasis in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), will I graduate with a teaching certificate?

  • No, you will not earn a teaching certificate when taking classes in the Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies department.
  • You will receive a TESOL certification.

I will be in the States as part of my Peace Corps vacation; may I stop by the office for an informal visit?

  • Yes, please stop by but give us notice so that we know you will be visiting and can be sure someone will be here to see you.

Where will I serve my Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows internship?

  • All internships take place in a rural Illinois.
  • Locations vary from year to year and are based on a combination of factors, including a match between your skills/interests and the development goals/needs of the communities that have applied for a Peace Corps Fellow.

Contact Info

Email: pcf@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 298-2268