Through an application and interview process, two students from Augsburg, Augustana (Sioux Falls), Concordia (Moorhead), Luther, Pacific Lutheran, and St. Olaf College are selected as Peace Scholars and awarded a seven-week academic experience (with academic credit) held in Lillehammer and Oslo, Norway.
THE 2017 PROGRAM
- Scholars will be named the week of February 6-10 and introduced at the September 15-16, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, which will be held in Minneapolis on the campuses of Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota West Bank.
- The program will be held June 18 – August 4, 2017. It begins at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue in Lillehammer where the Peace Scholars will spend five days as participant–observers in structured dialog sessions with students from the Balkans/Caucasus regions. The program continues at the Oslo International Summer School where scholars continue their Peace Scholar Seminar and take an additional undergraduate course of their choice, offered at the ISS. At the successful conclusion of the program, the Peace Scholars will receive academic credit for two courses.
- The Peace Scholars Seminar will provide a general introduction to peace and conflict studies and to the work of peace organizations and institutions in Norway, including the International Peace Research Institute, the Nobel Institute, the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, the Nobel Peace Center, and the Nansen Dialogue Network.
- The cost of the program, approximately $5,500, will be covered by each respective college. That amount covers all ISS program fees including academic credit, room, board, and round-trip airfare from the U.S. to Oslo. Students will pay $500 toward their travel needs and will be responsible for personal expenses and purchasing their own books.
- Regular blogging throughout time in Norway (at least once a week)
- Openness to new ideas and enthusiastic participation
- Upon returning to your campus, playing a leadership role in peace programming at Concordia and promoting the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum
- Presentations to at least two venues during the following year
- Open to full-time sophomore or junior students
- Strong academic record with a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Applicants must commit to the full program dates: June 18 to August 4, 2017 and are expected to attend the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in 2017 (September 15-16) and are encouraged to attend the 2018 Forum.
- Applicants must agree to use of blogs and pictures for promotion of the program
- Unofficial copy of the transcript (electronic copy saved in a PDF format)
- Two letters of recommendation—one from a faculty member and the second from either a faculty or staff member—submitted electronically to the online application
- 1,000 word essay (maximum) addressed to the Peace Scholars Selection Committee, articulating your interest in being a Peace Scholar, including how the experience would connect with your academic and vocational interests and goals and enable you to contribute to a more peaceful world
Please submit your application at global.cord.edu by January 9, 2017. A selection committee will review all applications and interview the finalists. For more information, contact Dr. Per Anderson, Associate Dean for Global Learning, email@example.com.