Student Peacemaking Fellowships

The Center for Peacemaking awards peacemaking fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students each summer. The fellowships provide up to $2,000 in grant funding for students to deepen their understanding of nonviolence and social change by engaging in local or international peacemaking efforts.

The fellowship program is designed to assist students in developing the skills and experiences to become skilled peacemakers and to demonstrate the value of the talent, determination, and ingenuity that young people bring to solving some of the most pressing challenges in communities around the world.


We encourage students to use their creativity when designing a fellowship project. While all projects are required to advance nonviolent peacemaking, we recognize that peacemaking is an interdisciplinary field that allows for broad application.

Suggested project designs include:

  • self-designing a student-led, student-managed project
  • interning with an established peacemaking or community organization
  • conducting research independently or as part of a student-faculty partnership
  • participating in a structured peace-building program or delegation

International projects must receive preliminary approval from the Office of International Education before being submitted to the Center for Peacemaking.

Graduate students applying for a fellowship are required to submit their completed work for publication in a scholarly journal within a year following the fellowship.

We highly recommend students to meet with Chris Jeske to share their interest in a fellowship and to discuss their proposed project.

Application Process

The application includes a written description of the proposed project, a project budget, and an explanation of prior involvement with the Center for Peacemaking.

Please complete the application materials and submit to Chris Jeske by February 18, 2019.

All applicants will be considered for the following opportunities:

  • M & J Fellowship for Peace
  • Szymczak Peacemaking Fellowships


Highlighted Fellowship Projects:

Mná Síochána: Women & Peace In Northern Ireland

Ciara McHugh completed two fellowship projects that examined peacemaking in Northern Ireland: Mná Síochána: Women & Peace In Northern Ireland (2012) and If Walls Could Talk...: A Photographic Exploration of the Murals of Belfast and Derry (2013).

Through her fellowship projects, she learned about the physical and mental barriers to achieving peace by looking at the "peace walls" that exists between the Catholic and Protestant villages and the differing murals that have been painted on each side of the wall.

Through interacting with youth and adult community members, Ciara explored how the Catholic/Protestant division transcends mere religious differences. She found that the interfaces that the "peace walls" and murals create results in differences in how generations understand the conflict which creates additional barriers to achieving peace.

To learn how to work through these barriers, both physical and mental, Ciara participated in activities with local youth organizations that brought together Catholic and Protestant youth to work together in building community and achieving a lasting peace.

Youth Cultural Connection Program (YCCP)

Elizabeth Bailey, Elizabeth Benninger, and Kathleen Scott started their fellowship by developing a nonviolent conflict resolution program at a school in Cape Town, South Africa. This included implementing talking circles to actively engage students in peacemaking and a peer jury system that was eventually accepted as part of the school's discipline system.

As they recognized the need for youth to dialog on how to address social issues as young leaders, they set out to connect youth living in the racially divided townships of Cape Town with youth living in segregated inner cities in the United States. Through writing letters, sharing photographs, and talking to each other over Skype, the youth in Cape Town, Milwaukee, and Cleveland discussed how to become better peacemakers and learned about each other's dreams and struggles.

Trying to Understand It All: A Documentary on Race Relations in Kirkwood, MO

Internship with the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Lovette Merchant's fellowship provided her valuable experience in learning how to promote peace in post-conflict societies by working with the Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia.

Lovette helped counsel women and children who had appeared before the TRC as witnesses to or victims of atrocities such as rape, sexual slavery, forced marriage, or forced recruitment. Through working with the TRC, she gained skills in restoring the human dignity of victims of violence, as well as fostering and facilitating healing, justice, and genuine reconciliation.

The second part of her fellowship focused on implementing effective grassroots peace and development initiatives. With the Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia, Lovette helped with many projects. She conducted interviews to collect data for a report on births, deaths, and infant mortality rates, she provided women resources on advocacy, negotiation, and mediation, and she encouraged women leaders with HIV/AIDS and children orphaned by AIDS to become engaged with civil society groups.


Complete list of previous student fellows.

Student Fellows
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