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Kroc IPJ’s 2020/2021 Women PeaceMakers Fellowship Application Is Now Open – Due May 1, 2020

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

As we move into this new decade, women peacebuilders from around the world are facing enormous challenges as they work to build more inclusive and safer societies. We recognize during these times of COVID-19, many of these peacebuilding challenges are still present, possibly exacerbated by the pandemic, and at the same time, new peacebuilding challenges are emerging.

That is why at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) we are determined to continue to provide support to these vital peacebuilders. We are excited to announce that the application for our 2020/2021 Women PeaceMakers fellowship is now open. While we are hopeful that communities will continue to come together to do what is necessary to ensure that this pandemic will subside, in the coming months, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and adjust the fellowship as necessary.

At the Kroc IPJ, we are committed to playing our part in addressing the new peacebuilding challenges that emerge during these times and staying steadfast in addressing the ones that have remained ever present in so many communities throughout the world. Below you can find more details about how we will be doing this through our Women PeaceMaker fellowship and how to apply.

About the Fellowship

Fellowship dates: October 2020 - October 2021

San Diego Residency dates: November 7 - December 11, 2020

The Women PeaceMakers fellowship offers a unique opportunity for local women peacebuilders to engage in a cycle of learning, practice, research and strengthening of peacebuilding partnerships through participation in a 12-month fellowship. By co-developing evidence based and data driven solutions, through this fellowship the women and organizations at the center of our most serious peacebuilding challenges demonstrate why they are best positioned to influence positive change.  

During the 12-month fellowship with the Kroc IPJ, Fellows will:

  • Learn from and with other leading Fellows and the Kroc School’s team; 
  • Gain new perspectives, support and innovative approaches to peacebuilding; 
  • Expand their professional peacebuilding networks;
  • Drive forward vital peacebuilding research that focuses on shifting practice and policy.

The Women PeaceMaker program is based at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies. To learn more about this fellowship: 

Visit: The Women PeaceMakers website, click here

Watch: An 8-Minute video about the 2019 Women PeaceMakers residency, click here

Read: The Kroc IPJ’s approach to driving forward evidence-based solutions and participatory research practices, click here

This Year’s Fellowship Focus

Each year the fellowship’s research has a specific peacebuilding issue area it is gathering evidence and data on. During this year we will focus on:

How can international peacebuilding organizations better partner with local women peacebuilders to address the closing spaces and increased insecurity women are currently facing when working to end cycles of violence?

During these times of Covid-19, we believe this issue is becoming more relevant as we are seeing a rise in authoritarianism, and women facing greater barriers to their participation in peacebuilding.


Click Here to Access the Application

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, May 1, 2020 by 11.59pm (GMT-7)



Justin Prugh
(619) 260-7573

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies


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