1. What are the benefits awarded to RPCV Fellows?
The amount is $4,000 per semester, $1,000 each month.
2. What are the costs to RPCV Fellows?
You are responsible for student fees and parking fees (approx $700/semester, subject to change), which are due generally within the first week of the semester.
All RPCV Fellows are REQUIRED to have health insurance, the costs of which are NOT covered by the fellows program. Your options are:
- Get insurance through KSU. Please read the specific KSU policies regarding mandatory insurance. KSU contracts with Pearce & Pearce (approx $700/semester, subject to change)
- Use your own insurance. If you already have adequate health insurance, and meet the criteria, you must request a waiver here and provide proof of insurance.
3.What are my work and course requirements as a KSU RPCV Fellow?
The program is administered as a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA). You are required to work an average of 13 hours per week for fifteen weeks each semester or a maximum of 195 hours per term. GRAs must register for and maintain a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 9 semester graduate credit hours each semester. However, it is recommended that students enroll in as many hours as needed to complete the program within two years.
4. How many students are accepted into the Fellows program each year?
Three students are typically accepted into the program each fall semester.
5. How long does it take to complete the program?
Typically, the program takes on average two years to complete.
6. What are my housing options?
KSU has on-campus housing at four different locations around campus. There are also many off-campus options in Kennesaw and neighboring towns. If you are looking for apartments or roommates, a good place to start is the KSU off-campus housing website.
7. What assignments are the RPCV Fellows given?
Fellows typically will work under Dr. Alan LeBaron for the Maya Heritage Community Project (MHCP) in the A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research on campus, but are not limited to just this project.
There are other opportunities for RPCV Fellows to work with different departments on campus and around the community.
8. What is the MHCP and how do RPCV Fellows contribute?
The MHCP was developed to align the needs of KSU students and Maya community members. RPCV Fellows work together on projects designed to increase their work experience while also supporting the local Maya community.
Some past RPCV Fellows activities include: grant research, interviewing, transcribing, immigration conference planning and execution, program publications, Belizean Maya service project coordination, budgeting, Maya Language Healthcare Toolkit research and development, tutoring, demographic research, data analysis and reporting, Guatemalan study abroad program development, volunteering at the Guatemalan consulate.
9. Do I need to speak Spanish?
Although a conversational ability in the Spanish language would be an asset, no language beyond English is required.
10. What is the deadline for submitting an application?
The annual deadline for submitting an application is March 15.
11. What is the application process?
The online application is accessible in the menu links on the left.
In addition to the online application, the following documents are required:
- Copy of your Peace Corps Description of Service (DOS)
- Current Résumé
To be considered you must submit your online application, and email the additional documentation, to the KSU RPCV Fellows Program Coordinator by March 15.
Applications will be reviewed in March and April for the upcoming Fall semester.
The RPCV Fellows Committee will review all applications and contact candidates no later than May 1.
Once accepted as an RPCV Fellow*, candidates must apply to the KSU Graduate College. Candidates are responsible for the non-refundable $60 application fee.
*Acceptance as an RPCV Fellow doesn’t guarantee automatic acceptance into a KSU degree program. You must apply separately.
12. When should I apply to the KSU MBA, MSIS, or MSIPM program?
Candidates should apply simultaneously.