Peacebuilders Fellowship: Summer 2014

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The Center for Conflict Studies is pleased to announce the launch of the Peacebuilders Fellowship – a summer fellowship program for graduate students in the United States.

This application round will be for fellowships in summer 2014.

In keeping with the mission of the Center for Conflict Studies, the goal of Peacebuilder Fellowship is to give a voice to the voiceless. Fellows will spend around two months in a conflict zone and collect stories of people who have experienced conflict. The hope is that the individual stories will give face to a “distant”conflict, will provide empirical knowledge which in turn will empower people to act. Peacebuilder Fellows are therefore, storytellers for peace. Additionally, this supports the Center’s slogan  “Knowledge as Action; Action as Change”. 

For the year 2014, the Center will be focusing on Water conflicts and the Peacebuilders Fellowship will emphasize on the gathering of stories of individuals who are stakeholders in a water conflict.  The four focus regions will be: Asia, Latin America, Africa and Middle-East. One country in each region will be selected depending on connections made in host country, resources and the availability of suitable fellows. Tentatively, the following countries are of interest to the Center:

1. Burma (Asia)

2. Mexico (Latin America)

3. Ethiopia (Africa)

4. West Bank (Middle-East)

A total of eight fellows (two fellows for each one of the four countries decided) will travel over the summer gathering stories. Mandatory pre-departure trainings will be conducted in the third week of May 2014. Fellows will be expected to be in the field for at least two months in the period between June 1 and August 15. Upon return, fellows will work with CCS to tell these stories over the web. Stories will be told through a variety of platforms – audio podcasts, video interviews, testimonialsand digital storytelling.

Application forms and process for this fellowship will be announced in late February, 2014. Please check the PeaceBuilders site for updates: http://www.miis.edu/academics/researchcenters/conflict-studies/programs/peacebuilders

All questions should be emailed to ccs@miis.edu.

Fellows will receive a small scholarship to cover part of their travel and living costs.

 

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