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Peacebuilding Fellows

Get out of the classroom and into the real world through this semester-long fellows program.

Fellows practice problem-solving and cohort-building activities at Mason's The EDGE.

The Peacebuilding Fellows program is an academic program for selected students interested in gaining hands-on experience and understanding communities that are struggling to live peacefully together. Fellows attend classes on the Arlington campus two days a week and participate in an internship.

Students obtain their own internships with the help and support of the program and Mason's Office of Career Services. Most internships will be unpaid, but students are also encouraged to pursue internships that offer a small stipend or a paid internship.

"The Peacebuilding Fellows program forced me out of the classroom learning bubble and toward real world experience." -Spring 2015 Fellow

Program Benefits

  • An internship that lets you immediately apply what you're learning and offers insight into a career path.

  • Discussion-based classes with a small group of students.

  • Networking opportunities through events with Carter School graduate students and faculty.

  • The chance to meet practitioners, researchers, and professionals through an exclusive Speaker Series

  • A transportation stipend for travel to the Arlington campus and your internship site.

  • Assistance with internship placement and career development support.

Global Affairs students can complete a Minor in Conflict Analysis and Resolution in one semester as a Peacebuilding Fellow if they complete CONF 101 and CONF 340.

Spring courses will be held on Tuesday and Thursday.

Students are enrolled in three academic courses focusing on conflict theories and techniques, three credits of conflict resolution practice, and three credits of internship for a total of 15 credits. Students may opt out of one course if they have previously passed it.

S-CAR students with Capitol building in the background

Spring 2017 fellows participated in Aspen Institute’s symposium on the State of Race in America which featured panelists who are leaders in media, academia, and government.


CONF 302 — Culture, Identity, and Conflict

Covers deeply rooted, intractable, or protracted social conflicts around core issues of identity, including race, ethnicity, religion, and nationalism. Explores cultural, symbolic, and discursive approaches to identity conflict; fulfills writing intensive requirement in the major.

CONF 330 — Community, Group, & Organizational Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Introduces theories of social harmony and conflict, drawing on sociology, social psychology, community psychology, organizational psychology, administration of justice, philosophy, and conflict resolution. Uses case studies, class presentations, and group projects to develop ability to analyze conflict and make recommendations for change within communities, social groups, and organizations.

CONF 435 — Building Peace in Divided Societies

A major challenge to peacebuilding efforts domestically and globally are the boundaries that communities believe separates themselves from others. The boundaries have ethnic, racial, religious or cultural roots, often with long histories of division and violence. This class will look at case studies and strategies from around the globe of peacebuilding in complex communities.

CONF 370 — Internship Field Experience

Internships will provide an opportunity for students to gain practical experience, reflect on those experiences, and apply academic theories outside of the normal classroom environment. See more information about internships below. Students will find a relevant internship with the assistance of advisors.

"My favorite thing about the fellowship was being part of a small, tight-knit cohort." -Spring 2016 Fellow


Students of all majors can apply to be Peacebuilding Fellows, although we strongly recommend that you take at least one CONF course first.

To apply, you must:

  • Complete at least 45 college credits by the start of your program.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • Send an email with your name, G Number, a résumé, and a one page cover letter stating why you are a fit for the program and what interests you in the fellowship.

For more information, contact at 703-993-4165 .

Application Deadline: October 15