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Become a 2014 Peacebuilder Fellow

Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Peacebuilders Fellowship. If your question is still unanswered, please email


Who is a Peacebuilder Fellow

A Peacebuilder Fellow is essentially a storyteller for peace. The fellow gathers first hand stories and tells them in various audio-visual formats. The Fellow gives a voice to the voiceless and a face to the faceless in a conflict.

Does this mean the Peacebuilder Fellow will travel?

Yes, the Fellow is expected to travel to one of these four countries for anything between 8 to 10 weeks between June and August 2014.  The four countries selected for study are: Burma, Ethiopia, Mexico and West Bank. Fellows will be given the option to state their two top countries of choice while filling the application form.

Can the Fellows travel to some other country of their choice?

No. For 2014 the four countries under study have been decided by CCS and efforts are underway to identify the host organizations. At this time, we are unable to bring a new conflict country into our scope of study.

What kind of stories will the 2014 Peacebuilder Fellow gather?

The focus for the Center in the year 2014 is water conflicts. Fellows will focus on telling the stories of various stakeholders in water conflicts.

How will the Fellow gather these stories?

Fellows will work with host organizations (identified by CCS) to identify key stakeholders whose story needs to be told. The Center will also assist the Fellows by providing some background information on the water conflicts in the country however it is also expected that Fellows do their own research.

Will the Fellows work on their own in the field?

No. The Center expects to select eight Fellows for the year 2014. Every country will receive two fellows who make a team.

Who is qualified to be a Fellow?

A current student who is studying for their Masters degree or a recent graduate of a Masters program is eligible although exceptions may be made for exceptional undergraduate students. Students of conflict studies or related disciplines will definitely be preferred over others although no one from any program of study is dissuaded from applying. There are no geographic or nationality restrictions at this time.

Is there any scholarship available?

Yes, CCS will provide merit-based scholarships that will range from $500 to $1500 to each Fellow. Scholarship funds are limited and hence we hope to create a healthy competition with the best candidates getting the most.

What are the total program costs?

According to our estimate, you would need somewhere around $1500 to $2000 as living expenses for 8 to 10 weeks of stay in the country plus airfare. You are expected to raise funds required for your fellowship.

Why is CCS charging a deposit fee?

In order to ensure that we have the commitment of the Fellows selected, we ask that you pay us a deposit fee of $250. Only selected Fellows who accept our offer will be asked to pay the deposit fee by April 15. This deposit will be refunded to you upon actual travel. Once the deposit fee is paid, the deposit fee becomes non-refundable if you are unable or unwilling to travel. Also in this case, we will also offer the fellowship to the next person on the waiting list.

What is the deadline for the application and what are some other dates of importance?

Applications are due (online form) by 15 March 2014. Selected Fellows will be contacted by 1 April 2014 and so will those on the waitlist. Selected Fellows will be given until 15 April 2014 to accept the Fellowship and to pay their deposit fee. Selected Fellows must commit themselves to a two-day online training in May 2014.

What is the pre-departure training?

CCS will conduct an online training for the selected Fellows. Training will include communication of the various aspects of the Fellowship’s vision and goals, technical skills overview, storytelling techniques and effective presentation models. Various experts identified by the Center will provide trainings.

Why is it that we don’t have specific examples of the Fellowship outcomes?

It is our first year of the Peacebuilders Fellowship. For this year, we will develop the outcomes together with you.