Peace Corp Fellows Program in Community Development Western Illinois University
 
FAQ
 
  1. What is the deadline for application?
  2. What is the average number of Fellows enrolled at any given time? How many Fellows are admitted each semester?
  3. Is it possible to apply to the WIU Peace Corps Fellows Program before my COS?
  4. What other types of financial assistance are available?
  5. Does the graduate assistantship include health insurance?
  6. Where do I get information about available housing/rentals?
  7. What will my out of pocket/cost of living expenses average?
  8. Do I need to take the GRE and/or GMAT?
  9. How long do most Fellows take to complete the requirements for graduation?
  10. Will I be required to write a thesis?
  11. Is it necessary for Fellows to have a car?
  12. What type of job or professional opportunities will be available upon graduation?
  13. Does the program offer job placement assistance?

What is the deadline for application?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, for January and August admission.

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What is the average number of Fellows enrolled at any given time? How many Fellows are admitted each semester?

Approximately 20 Fellows are enrolled in the program in total each semester. On average, the program admits 5 or 6 Fellows at the beginning of each term.

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Is it possible to apply to the WIU Peace Corps Fellows Program before my COS?

It is possible to apply to the program prior to COS. If an applicant chooses to take this route, the process should ideally begin 6 months prior to returning to the States. Keep in mind however, that a campus visit is a mandatory requirement for acceptance, hence logistical considerations must be taken into account.

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What other types of financial assistance are available?

Most students admitted to the graduate school and respective academic departments are eligible for federal student loans. Further information is available from the WIU Financial Aid Office.

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Does the graduate assistantship include health insurance?

The Peace Corps Fellowship does not include health insurance. However, Fellows retain student status through the completion of the internship period, making them eligible for competitive rate student health insurance for the duration of their enrollment at Western Illinois University.

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Where do I get information about available housing/rentals?

On-campus apartments are available for single and married graduate students at reasonable rates that include all utilities, cable TV and high-speed Ethernet connections (Most fellows take advantage of this option). For further information contact Graduate and Family Housing. Private apartments/houses are also available. Some references may include: www.macombjournal.com, www.westerncourier.com, www.macomb.com/apartments.html

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What will my out of pocket/cost of living expenses average?

Costs for student health insurance (currently $284.67/semester [2005]) and basic student fees (currently $48.09/credit hour [2005]) are not covered by the graduate assistantship award. With or without financial assistance, students are responsible for payment of these fees and all other expenses, including books and photo copying, housing, food and other traditional living incurrence. Applicants are welcome to ask recent students about the relative costs of living in Western Illinois and at internship placement sites.

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Do I need to take the GRE and/or GMAT?

Requirements for admission vary from department to department. Oftentimes, students with an undergraduate GPA of below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are required to submit a current GRE or GMAT score. Check with the intended department for specific details.

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How long do most Fellows take to complete the requirements for graduation?

The program is designed for completion over a four-semester period (2 on-campus, followed by 2 in the field). However, program advisors will work with Fellows when additional time is needed for degree completion and/or a special timeframe is requested. The WIU Peace Corps Fellows Program financially supports a 2 to 3 semester on-campus academic curriculum. Students who enter the program with deficiencies and/or completely change their area of academic interest, may require a special timeframe for degree completion.

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Will I be required to write a thesis?

The Geography and Political Science departments require the completion of a thesis for degree conferment. Other departments may require comprehensive exams, special projects or portfolios. Contact the specific department for further details.

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Is it necessary for Fellows to have a car?

Most Fellows have assignments that require considerable movement around rural communities and regions. Therefore, it is advisable that Fellows do have a car. In most placements, assistance will be available to pay for training and work-related mileage costs.

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What type of job or professional opportunities will be available upon graduation?

In recent years, graduates have enjoyed substantial success in locating rewarding positions in the United States and abroad. Positions held by alums include: Executive Director of federally designated Southern Illinois Delta Empowerment Zone; Economic Analyst, Bureau of Labor Statistics; Long-Range Planner, Summit County, CO; Public Transit Director, Carbondale, IL; Community Development Director, Webster, SD; Economic Development Specialist, Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation; GIS Specialist, Bureau of Land Management; Regional Planner, Roanoke Valley Allegheny Regional Commission; Executive Director, Rock Falls Economic Development Corporation (IL); Community and Economic Development Specialist, University of New Hampshire.

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Does the program offer job placement assistance?

Though the program does not offer a formal job placement assistance scheme, the Fellowship offers a substantial networking opportunity. Often times, Fellows are offered permanent employment upon the completion of their internship.

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Peace Corps Fellows Program   ·  Western Illinois University   ·  1 University Circle - 503 Currens Hall   ·  Macomb, IL 61455
(800) 526-9943   ·  (309) 298-2268   ·  pcf@wiu.edu  


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The PCF program is a unit of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.