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Posted: July 5, 2014 in News and Views


Are you looking to make a significant impact on the world by promoting tolerance and cooperation? Each year, Rotary funds some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at our Rotary Peace Centers. These fellows are committed to the advancement of peace, and often go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Bank.

Each year, Rotary selects individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship/field study expenses. Two types of peace fellowships are available.

We offer master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention. Programs last 15­–24 months and require a practical internship of 2–3 months during the academic break. Each year we award up to 50 master’s fellowships from these institutions:

Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US
International Christian University, Japan
University of Bradford, UK
University of Queensland, Australia
Uppsala University, Sweden

For those with more extensive experience in peace-related fields, we offer a 3-month program in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. This program incorporates 2–3 weeks of field study. We award up to 50 certificates each year.

Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPCS)

University of Otago, New Zealand


This taught Masters programme provides advanced qualifications in Peace and Conflict studies, development and peace building.

The field of Peace and Conflict Studies addresses some of the most enduring and intractable problems confronting humanity. It is primarily concerned with an analysis of the origins and nature of violent conflict within and between societies and their nonviolent transformation.

Course details

The MPCS requires two semesters of full-time study or its equivalent in part-time study. Students may enrol to begin in the first semester (February) or second semester (July). The MPCS entails a structured programme of coursework along with either a piece of supervised research or a work placement and associated report. PEAC501 and PEAC502 are compulsory papers. Students select PEAC590 or PEAC595 plus 2 other elective papers.

PEAC501: Theories of Peace and Conflict

A core course introducing students to the central problematics of peace and conflict studies. It explores a range of theoretical explanations for peace and armed conflict.

PEAC502: Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution Theory

An advanced introduction to the analysis of conflict and conflict resolution theory. In particular, the paper focuses on the conflict resolution process.

PEAC503: Conflict Resolution Practice

Includes an exploration of the history of peaceful conflict resolution in Aotearoa New Zealand and the application of conflict resolution principles to specific case studies.

PEAC504: Development and Peacebuilding

Students will develop knowledge of and insight into understandings of development and peace, and the roles of the state, market and civil society in development and peacebuilding.

PEAC505: Peace Education

An introduction to the field of Peace Education including violence in education, the differences betweeen educating for peace and educating for war, the role of peace education in the promotion of human rights, and practical matters concerning teaching for peace.

PEAC506: Special Topic

PEAC507: Critical Terrorism Studies

An advanced introduction to the new field of Critical Terrorism Studies and the analysis of contemporary security issues from a Peace and Conflict Studies perspective.

PEAC590: Dissertation

Students write a research thesis of no more than 10,000-15,000 words on a subject of their own choosing, based on primary sources.

PEAC595: Practicum and Research Report

The course will provide students with an opportunity to work on conflict-related issues with civil society, non-governmental or official government organisations in New Zealand or overseas, and produce an analytic dissertation on their experience.

Admission to the programme

Typically, Peace and Conflict students will have an undergraduate degree in any one of a wide range of disciplines, such as law, education, psychology or politics. A minimum grade of B+ or higher over the final year is normally required but relevant practical experience may also be considered where this minimum is not met.


The University of Otago offers scholarships to assist with the costs of the coursework Masters. Details can be found on the University of Otago website.

Further information

For inquiries or registrations of interest please email:

The Administrator

National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies


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Craig Zelizer on June 16, 2014 at 9:05pm in Scholarship, Fellowship Opportunities and Academic Programs View Discussions

The Santa Fe Institute’s Journalism Fellowship In Complex Systems

The application window is open. Apply by August 1, 2014.


With the generous support of SFI Board of Trustees Chair Emeritus Bill Miller, the Santa Fe Institute offers a journalism fellowship for accomplished reporters. National and international journalists with a demonstrated interest in and record of reporting about matters related to complex adaptive systems are encouraged to apply for the paid, residential fellowship in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The premise of the fellowship is to transcend the journalist’s shorter-term, deadline-driven reporting focus to explore complex systems science more deeply, to gain an appreciation for the history of and trends in the field, to discover the state and limitations of current scientific theory, to understand the issues underlying current scientific debates in many scientific fields, and to interact with the unmatched collection of top scientists collaborating across disciplines at the Santa Fe Institute. With this knowledge, the fellow returns to his or her day-to-day reporting better prepared to convey the interrelatedness of solutions to the complex problems we face.

Fellowship terms are at least one month and up to three months, which provides an immersive opportunity for the selected fellow or fellows to participate in SFI complexity education programs, and to participate in scientific workshops, working groups, offsite meetings such as Business Network Topical Meetings, or SFI Short Courses.

A monthly-equivalent stipend of $7,000 is provided; housing in Santa Fe is paid for by the selected fellow. This stipend may enhance the fellow’s existing salary, or the journalist’s employer may use the stipend to offset his or her ongoing salary. Enrollment in co-occurring SFI education programs is provided free of charge. Health care coverage is not provided, nor are relocation expenses. Travel reimbursement of up to $2,000 is provided so the fellow may participate in one or more SFI-sponsored offsite events. Other travel is not covered (except to reimburse top candidates for travel to SFI during an introductory visit/interview prior to the fellowship).

To ensure immersion in complex systems science, selected fellows are expected to refrain from routine reporting in their normal news media outlets during the fellowship. (However, maintaining the continuity of ongoing blogging and social media activity by selected fellows is accepted and encouraged.) No specific reporting outcome or product is expected or required of selected fellows.

This is the fellowship’s second year. SFI’s inaugural journalism fellows are listed here.

Selection process

The application deadline is August 1, 2014.

Candidate journalists are self-identified or are recommended by Santa Fe Institute faculty, staff, or trustees or by their employers or colleagues. Top candidates may be asked to visit the Institute once for in-person interviews. Final decisions will be made by the Institute’s president.

Application submission requirements

Resume or CV
Five past examples of bylined professional work that demonstrate substantive past coverage of issues relating to or illustrative of complex adaptive systems (accepted file formats include pdf, scan, or active url)
Fellowship proposal letter detailing how the journalist intends to use the fellowship to further his or her own journalistic experience and perspective
Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the journalist’s work
Eligibility requirements

We seek accomplished, actively reporting journalists.

Applicants are considered whose reporting in the national and international news media demonstrate an interest in science or in problems that interdisciplinary science can help address. (Applicants need not consider themselves “science journalists,” however.)
Each applicant must be able to demonstrate his or her status as an actively reporting journalist (any beat) consecutively for at least the previous seven years. Freelance journalists must be able to demonstrate routine, frequent reporting for the past seven years.
Applicants may be reporters, writers, editors, producers, or program hosts. They may work in newspapers, magazines, news websites, television, or radio.
Journalists from all countries will compete equally; top priority will be afforded journalists working primarily in the English language.
There are no educational prerequisites.
Professionals now working primarily in public information, public relations, the trade press, government, or academia without all of the above experience requirements are not eligible.

Selected applicants must agree to the following requirements:

To reside in the Santa Fe area for the full term of the fellowship and to report to work at the Santa Fe Institute on a full-time basis during the fellowship.
To refrain from professional reporting during the fellowship (maintaining continuity of existing blogging and social media activities is permitted and encouraged)
To give at least one informal talk during the fellowship (topic TBD)
For international selectees, to obtain required travel credentials including an appropriate visa with a status allowing direct payment and receipt of U.S. payments

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