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. As of 2016, students from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and California State University, Sacramento have joined to participate in the program.
The 2018 Program
- Scholars will be named the week of February 5-9 and introduced at the September 13-15, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis which will be held on the campus of Augsburg University.
- The program will be held June 17 – August 3, 2018. 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.
- Weekly blogging throughout time in Norway.
- Openness to the people and ideas of the program and enthusiastic participation.
- Upon returning to campus, active promotion of student attendance at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.
- In response to the Forum, design and lead campus peacemaking events during the following academic year.
- Complete the Peace Scholar program evaluation and submit a thank you letter to the scholarship donors by October 1.
- 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 17 to August 3, 2018 and are expected to attend the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in 2018 (September 13-15) and are encouraged to attend the 2019 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 15, 2018. A selection committee will review all applications. For more information, contact Dr. Per Anderson, Associate Dean for Global Learning, firstname.lastname@example.org.