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.

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 have the opportunity to engage with Carter School faculty and develop a project with community impact.

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

Spring 2015 Fellow

Program Benefits

  • Field experience 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 working as peacebuilders

  • Assistance with professional development

Meet with a Carter School academic advisor to find out how to apply your participation in the Peacebuilding Fellows semester toward a minor in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Peacebuilding Fellows cohorts are selected each fall to complete coursework during the spring semester.

Students enroll in academic courses focusing on conflict theories and techniques, conflict resolution practice, and community engagement. 

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.


Field Experience / Peacebuilding Fellows Seminar

This cohort experience will push students academically, provide opportunity to connect theory with practice, and hone job-ready skills.

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.

Selective Options

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

CONF 370 Internship

CONF 398 Restorative Justice

CONF 398 Grassroots, Coalitions, and Campaigns

"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 complete at least one CONF course as a prerequisite.

To apply, you must:

  • Complete at least 45 college credits by the start of your program.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • Submit a résumé and short answers to the three questions that follow (300 words maximum). This can be submitted via email to with the subject line peacebuilding fellows application.
    1. Why are you interested in the Peacebuilding Fellows Program? What do you hope to gain from the experience?

    2. What unique qualities, experience, or strengths would you bring to the Fellowship?

    3. One of the elements of the Fellowship is an individual peacebuilding project. What are your thoughts on peacebuilding? What are some ideas (or idea) for a project you would be interested in working on this semester?

For more information, contact a Carter School academic advisor.

Apply by October 15 for priority consideration.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis following the 15th.