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The Peace Scholars Program
Oslo, Norway
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
 Language of Instruction:
English
 Housing Options:
Dormitory
 Additional Prerequisites:
Academic Good Standing, Dean of Students Approval
 Additional Fees:
$150 IPO Administrative Fee
Program Description:
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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Six colleges founded by Norwegian-American immigrants in the 19th century sponsor an annual summer Peace Scholars program in Norway, designed to deepen students' understanding of the central issues and theories regarding conflict, war, and peace.  Through an application and interview process, one or two students from Augsburg, Augustana (Sioux Falls), Concordia (Moorhead), Luther, Pacific Lutheran, and St. Olaf are selected as Peace Scholars and awarded a seven-week academic experience held in Lillehammer and Oslo, Norway.

The Peace Scholars program is an outgrowth of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, an annual event held in Minneapolis that inspires students and other citizens to become active participants in peacemaking efforts around the world.  Begun in 1988 by a five-college consortium [Augsburg, Augustana (Sioux Falls), Concordia (Moorhead), Luther, and St. Olaf] the Forum is the Norwegian Nobel Institute's only such program or academic affiliation outside of Norway.

ACADEMIC COURSE WORK
The 2014 program begins with four days at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue in Lillehammer, where Peace Scholars will be participant-observers in structured dialogue sessions with students from the Balkans/Caucasus regions.

The program continues at the Oslo International Summer School where scholars will 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 Seminar provides a general introduction to the interdisciplinary field of peace and conflict studies, and combines theoretical and empirical aspects. It will broadly touch on topics related to the causes of conflict, resolving conflict and building peace, and aims to familiarize students with the history, central issues and theories regarding conflict, war and peace. The Peace Seminar course will include seminars, visits and introduction to the work of various peace organizations and institutions in Norway, such as The Nobel Institute, PRIO, Nobel Peace Center, and others, and a dialogue workshop with the Nansen Dialogue Network.  During the seminar students will work on projects which they  will present at a minimum of two venues within the following year. Students will also give an oral presentation of their research topics at the end of the Seminar and will write a take-home examination.

The Oslo International Summer School offers many extracurricular activities, such as the International Cultural Evening, Norwegian Cultural Evening, local excursions to Vigeland Park, Oslo downtown, the Opera House, hiking nearby and much more. Each student will also have the opportunity for a weekend excursion to one of many areas in Norway. In 2013, the International Summer School  had 575 students from 96 different countries.

REQUIREMENTS
  • Open to current full-time sophomore or junior students
  • Strong academic record
  • Must be able to attend the 2014 and 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum (held in March)
  • Available for participation from June 15-August 1, 2014
  • Agree to use of blogs and pictures for further promotion of the program

EXPECTATIONS
  • 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 activities and promoting the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum
  • Attend tthe 2014 and 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forums in Minneapolis in March. The purpose of the first is to be introduced and to attend an orientation session for the Peace Scholars program. The purpose of the second is to network with students and other Peace Scholars.
  • Presentations in at least two venues during the following year - presentations will be about one's experiences as a Peace Scholar on their home campus or community.
  • Assist in other aspects of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum such as hosting and introducing speakers or other opportunities provided by the NPPF staff.

COSTS
The Peace Scholars program is competitive and those selected to participate will be awarded a scholarship (valued at approximately $5,000) to cover most of the cost of participating in the program in Norway, including the Lillehammer program and all ISS program fees (academic credit, room, and board).  Augustana will reimburse students up to $750 for round-trip airfare from the U.S. to Oslo.  Scholars are responsible for personal expenses, airfaire expenses in excess of $750 and purchasing their own books.  Scholars are also responsible for obtaining or renewing a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of return from Norway.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications will be accepted on this site beginning on December 10, 2013. The application deadline is January 31, 2014.

To apply, click the Apply Now button above and complete the following application components:
  • 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.
  • 2 letters of recommendation, one from a faculty member and one from either a faculty or staff member.
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
A faculty committee will select five finalists who will be interviewed by the committee.  The committee will then select two Peace Scholars and an alternate.  Scholars will be notified by February 21. Scholars named in February 2014 will be introduced at the March 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis.

QUESTIONS
Questions should be directed to Cathy Lindamood, Associate Director of International Programs, at cathy.lindamood@augie.edu or Dr. Reynold Nesiba at nesiba@augie.edu.

PEACE SCHOLARS STEERING COMMITTEE
Joe Underhill, Augsburg                       underhil@augsburg.edu
Reynold Nesiba, Augustana                nesiba@augie.edu
Tracey Moorhead, Concordia              moorhead@cord.edu
Karen Martin-Schramm, Luther           kms@luther.edu
Chris Chiappari, St. Olaf                       chiappari@stolaf.edu
Claudia Berguson, PLU                        berguscj@plu.edu

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
 
This program is currently not accepting applications.