Center for Conflict Studies Knowledge as Action, Action as Change

2017 Summer Peacebuilding Program (SPP)

July 24 - August 11, 2017

Course Date & Venue l Course Details l Cost and Scholarships l Dates l Contact Information

Apply to the 2017 Summer Peacebuilding Program (SPP)!

We are excited to announce our third Summer Peacebuilding Program (SPP), a three-week long intensive training program designed to bridge the theory and practice of building peace in societies that are emerging from conflict, violence or war.

In two years, SPP has trained 29 students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. To learn more about 2015 participants, click here and for 2016 participants, click here. Here are the links to 2015 and 2016 blogs maintained by the students. A podcast put together by a participant presents some of the highlights of the three weeks.

The SPP builds on the 'Peace' dimension that was explored for two years (2013 and 2014) in the Peace, Trade and Development program.

"Many have asked me what I thought of the program; they knew of our trips to the prisons and talks with MIIS faculty, and of course almost everyone knew of the presence of Dr. Christopher Mitchell, but I think my answer to the question, “How was it?” still surprised them. If I were told to pin point three of the most academically informative and thought-provoking weeks of my life, it may have been those."

---Danny Pavitt,
2015 SPP Participant

SPP provides an opportunity for participants to learn from the experiences and approaches of scholars and practitioners who work on some of the most difficult challenges our world faces today, including: resolving conflict, ending all forms of violence, providing social justice, and creating more secure and developed societies by transforming the conditions and relationships of conflict. SPP welcomes all those interested in exploring the above-mentioned topics through a process of self-reflection, gathering of theoretical and conceptual data and its application to real world problems. Students and practitioners in the field of conflict, peace, development and security studies are eligible to apply.

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(What is Peacebuilding?)

Peacebuilding is a programmatic focus area for the Center, a theme that is reflected in its field research courses, the summer Peacebuilders Fellowship, the annual conference, the research areas of its visiting scholars and its publications, especially its working papers series. As such, the Center is well positioned to bring together its many experiences and contributions to the field of peacebuilding through its network of scholars, practitioners and policy makers and present the multi-dimensionality of peacebuilding.

Interactive Sessions

The 2017 SPP has three key parts that will reflect through all the sessions over the three weeks:

Part I: Conceptual Inputs

Peacebuilding, Critical Development, Security, Justice, Governance, Gender, Culture, Trauma-healing, and Reconciliation

Part II: The Praxis of Peacebuilding

Skills for Peacebuilding; Non-Violence, Media, Field Visits to organizations working on reducing gang violence in the Salinas, Soledad and Oakland areas in Northern California

Part III: Applied Practice

Participants will apply the practical knowledge, skills and theories learnt to a real world problem. Their recommendations will be evaluated by organizations that are dealing with or have dealt with a similar problem.

SPP Simulation

(A short clip of a simulation exercise at SPP 2015)


SPP core faculty will be scholars and practitioners from various academic institutions, policy think tanks, NGO leaders and social activists. Dr. Pushpa Iyer, Director of the Center for Conflict Studies and Associate Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS), is the lead coordinator of the SPP.

SPP 2015

(Session at SPP 2015)

Certificate of Completion

Participants successfully completing all three weeks of the program will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Date & Venue

The 2017 program will run from July 24 to August 11, 2017. The first and second week of SPP will be held at the MIIS campus in Monterey with a lodging option within walking distance to campus. The third week of SPP is residential at the Mount Madonna Conference Center in Watsonville, CA.


Admission to the 2017 SPP is now open! SPP applications are accepted on a rolling basis (except for Davis UWC scholars) so we will review and respond to you two weeks after your application is received. The following is our admission criteria:

(a) Proficiency in English language

(b) Academic or equivalent work experience

(c) Clear personal and career goals

(d) Ability to meet SPP financial requirements

Click to apply!

Program Cost

The SPP program cost, which covers lodging for three weeks, board for week one and all course related expenses for three weeks is USD 3500.

Course Fee for Middlebury College (Vermont) students is USD 3000.

Non-residential course fees for MIIS (Monterey) students are USD 2500.

Students can receive academic credits for the program (paying additional tuition fees as required by their own educational institution). MIIS students can receive up to six credits for the SPP (conflict resolution certificate students can also count two credits towards their practice requirement).


(SPP 2015 - Site visit to Salinas Police Department)


There are two types of scholarships available:

  1. An early bird discount. Those applying before midnight on Feb 15, 2017 can take USD 250 off the program cost.

  2. There are two merit scholarships of USD 500 available to highly qualified and deserving candidates. Candidates must send in a letter along with their application addressing the scholarship criteria. Deservedness will be decided using the following criteria:

(a) High GPA/ Strong academic record

(b) Work experience in the field of Conflict Studies

(c) Displays strong motivation to work in the field of Conflict Studies

(d) Financial Constraints

The two scholarships may not be combined. Scholarship decisions will be made by March 15, 2017. Scholarships are not available to Middlebury College and MIIS students.

There are a few full scholarships available to Davis-UWC students. Contact us or your local school authorities if you have any questions.

Deadlines & Due Dates

Davis UWC Applicants:

  • Applications Deadline: Feb 15, 2017 (midnight PST)
  • Acceptance Letters emailed: March 1, 2017

All Other Applicants:

  • Applications Deadline: April 15, 2017 (midnight PST)
  • Acceptance Letters emailed: Two weeks after application received
  • Deposit due: On admission (Non-refundable USD 500, to reserve space)
  • Final payment due: May 15, 2017 (midnight PST) (non-refundable)

Contact Information

To contact the SPP, please email