USD Kroc Institute Women PeaceMaker Fellowship

Author: Caesar Montevecchio

Usd Wpm

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ), at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies, is currently accepting applications for its Women PeaceMakers Program. The new Women PeaceMakers Program will offer a unique fellowship for peacebuilders, focused on strengthening and improving peace efforts in conflict-affected communities around the world. The 10-month fellowship will do this through building an engaged community of four peacebuilders from conflict-affected communities and four international peace partners looking to transform their ability to build peace together.  

For 2017-18, the program’s focus will be on peacebuilders who engage with the security sector. The cohort of four Women PeaceMakers and four International Partners will work together to explore the following question:

How can Women PeaceMakers and international partners build more effective local/global collaborations in their peacebuilding efforts to engage the security sector?

Participants will be selected based on their work with the security sector (police, military and other state security forces) to advance peacebuilding, human security and women’s rights in local contexts.

Applicants for the Women PeaceMakers fellowship must:

  • Have worked for 10+ years as a peacebuilder, human rights defender, or peacemaker, leading peace efforts and working directly with the security sector in her country of origin;

  • Be a founder or leader of an organization, network, or movement;

  • Be in a position to participate in all activities during the 10-month fellowship and apply what is learned at the conclusion of the residency program;

  • Speak sufficient English to relate personal experiences. Written English is not necessary.

From September 2017 to June 2018, the cohort of eight will engage in an active learning community with in-person residencies and a virtual learning exchange to explore successes and challenges to their work ending cycles of violence. Please visit the fellowship description here to learn more and see attached for a copy of the 2017 Women PeaceMaker application.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the IPJ website at or contact Katie Zanoni, IPJ Program Officer for Women PeaceMakers, at

Application information is available here: Wpm Application 2017