Charles E. Scheidt Master’s Fellowship for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

Earn a fully funded MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a Graduate Certificate in Mass Atrocity and Genocide Prevention in only one year.

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Vigny Nimuraba, MS '14, PhD '18

Fellowship Description

The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution and the Raphaël Lemkin Genocide Prevention Program are accepting applications for the Charles E. Scheidt Master’s Fellowship for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. Students learn strategies to prevent mass atrocities through policy planning, diplomacy, civil society building, development, and education. Graduates are prepared to apply peace-building, dialogue, and conflict resolution approaches designed specifically for hot spots where mass atrocities seem likely to occur. The fellowship is for students with a deep interest in preventing mass violence and crimes against humanity, especially in the African Great Lakes region.

Course Schedule

Scheidt Fellows complete an accelerated online MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, as well as an in-person Graduate Certificate in Mass Atrocity and Genocide Prevention in only one year.

The Scheidt Fellowship provides tuition for online Master’s coursework. Fellows complete their MS coursework in the Fall and Spring semesters.

In summer, fellows attend Carter School’s summer Graduate Certificate in Mass Atrocity and Genocide Prevention at our Arlington, Virginia campus — just minutes from the US Institute for Peace and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in downtown Washington, DC. For the summer certificate, the Scheidt Fellowship provides travel, housing accommodations in Arlington, VA, and a modest stipend for books and living expenses.

Sample Schedule

Cohort 1 (Starting Spring 2021)

  • Spring 2021: First semester of MS coursework (online, 9 credits)
  • Summer 2021: Graduate certificate coursework (in-person, 15 credits)
  • Fall 2021: Second semester of MS coursework (online, 12 credits)

Cohort 2 (Starting Fall 2021)

  • Fall 2021: First semester of MS coursework (online, 9 credits)
  • Spring 2022: Second semester of MS coursework (online, 12 credits)
  • Summer 2022: Graduate certificate coursework (in-person for five weeks, 15 credits)
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Doug Irvin-Erickson, Director of the Lemkin Program, teaching Carter School undergraduates.

Application Due Dates

Four students will be chosen for each cohort:

  • Cohort 1 (starting Spring 2021): November 15, 2020
  • Cohort 2 (starting Fall 2021): February 1, 2021

To Apply

To apply for the fellowship, please apply to the online Master’s in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. In your Statement of Goals, please indicate that you would like to be considered for the Scheidt Master’s Fellowship for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.

Submit an additional letter (not to exceed 500 words) to tcsinfo@gmu.edu that explains:

  • Why you are passionate about genocide prevention, and how you have demonstrated this passion already; and
  • What your future goals are and how you plan to work in genocide prevention after completing your degree;
  • Note whether you currently possess, or will need, a student visa; and
  • Finally, attendance at the Summer 2021 Graduate Certificate in Mass Atrocity and Genocide Prevention in Arlington, Virginia, is a mandatory condition of this fellowship. In your letter, please affirm that you will attend the summer program in the United States from 1 June 2021 to 2 July 2021.