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Women PeaceMakers Fellowship

How to Apply for the Women PeaceMakers Fellowship

Applications are now closed.

The Fellowship

For twenty years, the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School has hosted the Women PeaceMakers Fellowship program. The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for women peacebuilders to engage in a cycle of learning, practice, research, and participation that strengthens peacebuilding partnerships. The Women PeaceMakers Fellowship facilitates impactful collaborations between women peacebuilders from conflict-affected communities and international partner organizations. The Fellows also co-create research intended to shape the peacebuilding field and highlight good practices for peacebuilding design and implementation.

Fellowship Objectives
  • Learn from and with other Fellows and the Kroc School team.
  • Gain new skills, perspectives, and innovative approaches to peacebuilding.
  • Expand their professional peacebuilding networks.
  • Drive forward vital peacebuilding research that focuses on shaping practice and policy.

September - July.

Residency at the University of San Diego

Fellows will complete a two-week residency at the University of San Diego in the United States, usually in November. These dates are subject to change depending on the COVID-19 pandemic and Fellows’ travel requirements.


Fellows will receive a stipend of USD $15,000 plus expenses for their participation in the program.


Anyone who considers themselves a woman peacebuilder, working to reduce cycles of violence in any way, is welcome to apply. This includes transgender women, and we also welcome non-binary and gender-fluid people to apply. Applicants may come from any country, as long as they will be able to travel to the United States for the residency. Applicants must have at least five years of peacebuilding experience and must speak sufficient English to participate fully in Fellowship activities.

Fellowship Themes

Each year, the Fellowship is centered on a theme that will structure the research. Strong applicants will have experience and knowledge specific to that theme.

Application and Fellowship Timeline

March: Applications open.

April-May: Application review.

June: Selected Fellows notified.

September: Fellowship begins.

November: Residency at the University of San Diego.

July: Completion of Fellowship.

Requirements and Expectation of Fellows

1) Fellowship activities and outputs.

Fellows are expected to engage in all of the Fellowship's activities and drive forward the research process. These activities include appearing in public events.

2) Identify and collaborate with International Partners.

One of the most important goals of the Fellowship is to work with International Partners to exchange ideas and identify strategies to build more effective local/global collaborations to drive forward impact.

3) Conduct original research.

Throughout the Fellowship, the Fellows will capture critical insights into how women are leading efforts to address violence.

4) Travel for the residency.

Fellows participate in a two-week residency at the University of San Diego, with expenses covered by the Kroc IPJ. Applicants should expect to be involved with full-time program activities throughout the two-week residency.

5) Become a member of the Kroc IPJ Women Waging Peace network.

Upon completing the Fellowship, Fellows will become part of the 1,000+ member Women Waging Peace network. The Kroc IPJ-based network provides a range of benefits to members.

6) Connect with the USD community.

Fellows are expected to engage with members of the University of San Diego community, treating all community members with respect and professionalism.

Application Requirements

In order to apply, applicants must:
  • Provide basic personal and contact information.
  • Respond to short open answer questions about why they are interested in the Fellowship, the expertise that makes them a good fit for the Fellowship and the specific theme for that year, and their interest or experience in conducting research.
  • Submit a short research proposal.
  • Submit a resume.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Be willing to participate in public events and share their experiences and information with the Kroc IPJ team and the broader public.
  • Have sufficient capacity in English to be able to participate in cohort meetings, share experiences in public events, and participate in research meetings.

If you have questions about the application process, please email womenpeacemakers@gmail.com.