Read: Director Ed Carr's Open Letter to RPCVs

Our hearts go out to all of you whose lives have suddenly been turned upside down by the suspension of volunteer operations and the abrupt end to your service. During this difficult time, Clark is mobilizing resources to help RPCVs move forward with their lives and careers.

In times of crisis, we all rely on our strengths. One of Clark's strengths is delivering advanced education that provides a clear path forward, with the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to achieve your career goals.

Clark University Graduate Studies is offering specific support for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who apply to Clark IDCE master's degree programs for Summer or Fall 2020 study, making it possible to get your advanced degree by 2021.

Clark University’s International Development, Community, and Environment Department (IDCE) offers degree programs specially designed to cross boundaries and address major social and environmental justice issues facing the world today. With a flexible, interdisciplinary, and practice-oriented curriculum, our programs allow you to pursue your passion by giving you the skills and experience to make an immediate impact by crafting solutions for the challenges facing our world.

IDCE master’s degree programs:

Concentration Areas: Choose to concentrate in one of our ten focal areas, including climate change impacts and adaptation, gender and identity, urban resilience, and refugees and forced migration. 

Support for RPCVs - Summer and Fall 2020

  • Scholarship Aid: In addition to IDCE's ongoing 50% Coverdell fellowships for RPCVs, Clark is increasing scholarship aid for tuition remission of up to 75% .
  • Academic Fellowship Awards: Each year, IDCE awards a 100% fellowship for graduate study, awarded in April.
  • Admissions Process Accomodations: Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Priority Application Processing will be offered to all RPCVs. Decisions for completed applications will be returned within two weeks. View Application Information.
  • Application Fee Waiver: Application fee waived for all Peace Corps members. While filling out the online application, select "Yes" from a drop-down menu when asked, "Will you be receiving any outside (non-Clark) sources of assistance, including financial assistance from your employer." Under the "Please Specify" box, select "Peace Corps." This will qualify you for the application fee waiver. 
  • GRE Testing: IDCE does not require the GRE test.
  • Accelerated Learning with Online Summer Study: Begin your studies at Clark with online courses this summer, and transition to our Worcester campus in the fall to be on track to earn your master's degree in 2021.
  • Advising and Connections with Clark RPCV faculty & students: Throughout your application and transition process you can connect with faculty and students who know firsthand the challenges of Peace Corps re-entry.
  • Graduate Housing:  On-campus housing is available for Clark IDCE students.
  • Low Cost of Living: Clark's Worcester campus location provides access to all of the advantages of a large and diverse city with a lower cost of living versus other metropolitan areas. Worcester is 1 hour from Boston and 3.5 hours from New York City.

Calculate the cost of an ICDE master's:

  • 10 Unit Degree Program Cost: $60,350
  • 50% Coverdell Program Cost:  $30,175
  • Tuition Remission 65% - Program Cost: $21,123
  • Tuition Remission 75% - Program Cost:  $15,088

Contact IDCE Admissions Advisor: Taylor Bethel,, 508-793-7451

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Returned Peace Corps Volunteers at Clark

Caitlyn Abbey

Caitlyn Abbey served as an Agricultural Extension Agent in Madagascar (2017-2019). She worked with the middle school in her village to develop a school garden for food security and nutrition education. At Clark, she studies Environmental Science & Policy with a focus on food security. Her research investigates how farmers in Michigan are adapting their water capture methods to climate change and how this is affecting their crop yields.



Katherine Christopher

Katherine Christopher served as an Environment Volunteer in Malawi (2017-2019). She worked with schools, support groups, and community organizations on natural resource management and food security projects. Katherine is a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow in the Environmental Science & Policy program at Clark, focusing on climate change impacts and adaptation.




Aaron Eubank Aaron Eubank served as an English Education Volunteer in the Southern Province of Rwanda (2013-2015). He taught English and computer science at a public secondary school and took advantage of their new solar power system to create a library and computer lab.  At Clark, he uses GIScience to support humanitarian and sustainable development, with a focus on community and participatory mapping.  This past summer, he received the IDCE Career Development award to support an internship with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) in Tanzania. Aaron says he was “able to learn from the amazing team of Tanzanians there innovating in participatory mapping, make some pretty cool maps, and enjoy the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean.”