Posted: November 14, 2013 in News and Views


Winston Fellowship at SPI 2014


Dear colleagues.

Do you know a highly motivated individual who is just beginning a career in the peacebuilding field? Would she/he benefit from training courses and practical field experience with an NGO, IGO, or CSO? Would it help with future career choices? 

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) offers one all expenses paid fellowship per year to an up and coming, talented international or indigenous individual (e.g., not available to US citizens except for Native Americans) looking to deepen their understanding of practices and theories in peacebuilding and related fields. 

The Winston Fellowship pays all expenses (including international airfare) for the fellowship recipient to attend three sessions of SPI.  As part of the Fellowship, this person will be expected to do an internship with an organization in their home region after they return from SPI. To help with expenses during the internship, SPI will give $500 to the organization, to be distributed to the individual as a stipend and/or for expenses during their internship.

Please forward this e-mail to any individuals and organizations who may be interested in this fellowship, which you can do by clicking the “Forward to a Friend” link at the top of this e-mail or click here.

See below for information about the fellowship and how to apply.

Please note that the deadline to apply for the Winston Fellowship is January 14, 2014. 

Purpose of the Winston Fellowship

 Steven Hakizimana (Rwanda) 2013 Winston Fellow

The Winston Fellows Program provides support and training to talented international or indigenous (e.g., non-U.S. , except for Native American) individuals to increase their personal capacity and skills.

The Fellowship is given to an individual who does not yet have significant experience in the fields of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, restorative and transitional justice, sustainable development, humanitarian aid, trauma healing, monitoring and evaluation, or other related issue areas.

The Nature of the Fellowship

   Meltem Basara (Germany)    2012 Winston fellow

A Winston Fellowship consists of two parts: professional training and practical field experience.

Professional Training:
The fellowship begins with participation in three training courses at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, where the fellow lives and learns alongside peacebuilding practitioners from around the world. Last year, over 180 people from 43 countries attended SPI. Over the past 18 years, more than 2,700 people from 120 countries have taken courses at SPI.

Fellows take three training courses (non-academic) in subject areas of their choosing (Click here for a full list of courses occurring at SPI 2014). 

Practical Field Experience:
When the fellow returns from SPI, they will begin their internship with the organizational sponsor. The internship must be for a period of at least six weeks. Internships should include activities related to the theories and practices that the fellow learned in her/his courses at SPI.

To facilitate the internship and make it easier on the organization, a stipend of $500 (U.S.) will be given to the organization, to be fully disbursed to the fellow during the internship. This stipend can be used by the fellow for living expenses, travel, or other needs, but a requirement for the organization is that the entire $500 must be given to the Fellow by the end of the internship.

It is best if the internship occurs soon after the completion of courses at SPI, but we understand that delays do occur.  The internship must begin within six months of taking courses at SPI. If the internship is not started in that time period, the fellow forfeits the $500 stipend and the organization will need to return the funds to SPI.

Expenses Covered by the Winston Fellowship

        Colins Imoh (Nigeria)      2003 Winston Fellow, 2012 CJP MA

A Winston Fellowship covers the following costs:

  • Round-trip transportation costs to Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA, including transport from home country as well as from a U.S. airport in or near Washington, DC, to EMU. SPI staff must be consulted prior to any bookings or fare may not be fully reimbursed.
  • Training fees for three courses (non-credit) at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute.
  • Lodging during three sessions in on-campus apartment with kitchen (weekday noon meal included with lodging).
  • A stipend to cover living and incidental expenses during the fellow’s stay in the United States.
  • Health insurance while in the United States (if necessary).
  • Visa expenses (including reasonable local travel to US Embassy)
  • Internship stipend of $500 (US) given to the NGO/IGO/CSO to be disbursed to the fellow during his or her internship.

How to Apply

Paulo Baleinakorodawa (Fiji), 2002 Winston Fellow, 2004 CJP MA graduate

Initiation of the application process for a Winston Fellowship can be made either by an organization proposing an applicant or by an applicant who has received an agreement for sponsorship and a post-SPI internship from an organization.

The application form consists of two parts: one for the individual and one for the organizational sponsor. The application is not complete unless both parts are submitted to SPI by the deadline of January 14, 2014.

To receive the necessary forms to apply, the individual mustfirst complete the online SPI application for admission. The individual can make a request for the Winston Fellowship applications within the application in the supplemental information section, question #3, about funding for SPI. The individual must provide the name of the organization that will sponsor her/him as well as a contact person and their e-mail address.

After the fully completed application for admission is processed, the individual will receive the personal application for the Fellowship. SPI will email the organizational sponsorship form directly to the organization to complete.

As noted above the deadline for Winston Fellows Applications is January 14, 2014.  Both individual and organization are responsible for making sure that their applications are received prior to the deadline.  Forms can be mailed to Incomplete applications (e.g., missing the organizational or the personal application) will not be considered.

Please make sure the name of the applicant and “Winston Fellowship” are in the subject line of all correspondence.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Dolma (Tibet), 2010 Winston Fellow


  • Applicant must be international or indigenous (e.g., non-U.S., except Native American).
  • Eligible candidates do not yet have extensive experience in the peacebuilding field.
  • Proficiency in the English language is required for participation in SPI.


Selection Criteria

Priority is given to nominees who are:

  • From NGOs, IGOs, or CSOs operating in regions of violent or acute intergroup conflict or from field offices of international NGOs working in such contexts.
  • Able to contribute to the work of the nominating organization after their courses at SPI.
  • From or living in the country or region served by the internship.


Limitations on Fellowships:
The Winston Fellows Program will not support academic credit, research-oriented internships, PhD dissertation research, or internships that focus on U.S. issues (unless the topic is indigenous-related).


AWARD DECISIONS MADE: February 4, 2014

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  1. Henry says:

    How many days or weeks or months does the training last and when does it begin in 2014? Thanks.

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