Women PeaceMakers Applicants

Women PeaceMakers Program

The Women PeaceMakers Program offers a unique opportunity for women building peace to engage in a cycle of learning, practice, and reflection through participation in a 10-month Fellowship. The internationally-renowned Women PeaceMakers Program is honoring 16 years of documenting the diverse roles women play in peacebuilding. Knowing the power of women’s full participation in peace and security decision-making to building more durable peace, the Women PeaceMakers Fellowship aims to build stronger, more effective collaborations between women peacebuilders from conflict-affected communities and their international partners.

2018-2019 Area of Focus and Selection Criteria: 
Women’s Mediation of and Participation in Peace Negotiations

Women PeaceMakers Fellows who have participated in formal mediation and negotiation processes as members of conflict parties in the negotiations, or as formal mediators to national or subnational peace processes.

International partners will be selected based on their work in and support of more inclusive peace processes. 


Four Women PeaceMakers and four individual international partners will be selected as a cohort to build mutual learning and stronger modes of engagement between women building peace (“insiders”) and international actors (“outsiders”) working to end cycles of violence.  

During the 10-month Fellowship, the Program will focus on women’s formal participation in national and subnational peace negotiations to answer the question:

How can Women PeaceMakers and international partners build more effective local/global collaborations that support women’s meaningful participation in peace negotiations?

Peace Researcher

Two Peace Researchers will work together with four Women PeaceMakers Fellows to document the peacebuilding strategies and challenges they face in their work to end cycles of violence. 

For 2018, the focus of the Program is on women's participation in national or subnational peace negotiations.

Building on the Program’s 16 years of documenting the expertise of women peace leaders, and grounded in the Kroc IPJ’s mission to Learn With peacemakers how to best end cycles of violence, the Women PeaceMakers Program uses a unique methodology based in theories of participatory action research. Founded in relationships of mutual trust, respect and co-learning, this methodology considers Women PeaceMakers to be experts and co-researchers in the design of case studies based on their lives and work.

Four Women PeaceMakers will participate in the following activities from September 2018 to June 2019:

Women PeaceMakers Residency
September 29 - November 17, 2018

Location: Institute for Peace and Justice

Selected Women PeaceMakers participate in a 7-week residency at the University of San Diego. To complement the work PeaceMakers are doing with their international partners, they will: work together with a peace researcher to map the methods used and challenges faced when engaging in national and subnational peace negotiations; share peacebuilding experiences with faculty, students and community members at the University of San Diego; live with three Fellow Women PeaceMakers, while sharing with and learning from one another’s peacemaking journeys; and, cultivate a reflective peacebuilding practice in a safe and nurturing environment that promotes new learning and an authentic exchange of ideas.

Learning Lab
1 week in October 2018

Location: Institute for Peace and Justice

During the Residency, Women PeaceMakers and international partners meet together at the Kroc IPJ for 3.5 days to discuss the obstacles both groups face in their work. Through a shared understanding and a deep analysis of the issues, the team will contribute to the Kroc IPJ Partnership Compact, which presents gender-sensitive policy recommendations and principles that international organizations, UN agencies and women peacebuilders can adopt. The Kroc IPJ Partnership Compact focuses on the identification and adoption of strategies to build more effective collaboration. The creation and refinement of a section on peace negotiations will be an ongoing focus of the Women PeaceMakers and partner cohort throughout the 10-month Fellowship.  

Virtual Learning Exchange
September 2018 - June 2019

Location: Virtual/ Home-based (Email, Skype, Phone)

Over the course of the Fellowship, participants engage in ongoing discussion and refinement of their contribution to the Partnership Compact – about successes or continued challenges they face in the field, and strategies for more meaningful cooperation.

Localization Initiative
June - July 2019

Location: Woman PeaceMaker local context

Women PeaceMakers have the opportunity to apply for funding (up to $7,500 US) to engage in community-based consultations in their home country focused on gathering input on the Partnership Compact from local stakeholders.

Women PeaceMakers Alumnae and Women Waging Peace Network

Upon completion of the 10-month Fellowship, alumnae will be invited to join the network of 60 Women PeaceMakers from 38 countries, and become part of the 1,000 woman Women Waging Peace Network.


The application for the 2018 PeaceMakers Program is now closed. Thank you to all who applied. 

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Bradshaw
Program Officer for Women PeaceMakers Program
(619) 260-4189