Selection Criteria and Application Process
The CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program is designed for working professionals who want to further their skills and knowledge in peacebuilding, as well as those who plan to pursue a graduate degree in conflict transformation. Participants hail from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences and over the years have represented more than 60 different countries. Alumni of the CONTACT summer program are working globally with a variety of local and international NGOs; local, state, and national governments; community and youth organizations; religious and cultural institutions; and media organizations.
Criteria for acceptance into the program include professional experience, academic ability, career goals, cross-cultural experiences, and ability to work well with others. A variety of methods may be used to assess these qualities, including an essay, review of past academic performance, references, and in some cases a personal interview.
Apply online to the CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program. Please submit the following materials via your online application.
- Your résumé or curriculum vitae in English
- An essay of approximately 500–750 words responding to the prompt below.
Everyone has their own philosophy about conflicts, that is, why they emerge, how to manage them, and what roles they play in social relationships, in social settings, and in politics. Write a brief overview of your own conflict philosophy. In addition to describing your philosophy, include information about the important people or events that have shaped your view and how/whether it has changed over the years.
- Three (3) letters of reference in English. (The reference writers should complete your reference online after you’ve clicked the “Send Request” button in your online application.) If possible, please request a reference letter from your current or most recent supervisor who knows your work.
- Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities.
Note: In some countries the term "transcript" may not be used by colleges and universities and thus may not be a familiar term. To be official, a transcript must include the following information: (1) the dates you attended the institution; (2) the titles of the specific courses or subjects in which you were enrolled; (3) the number of hours of instruction or other learning involved in each course or subject; (4) the grade, mark, or other evaluation you received for each course or subject; and (5) any degree, diploma, certificate, or other qualifications awarded for completion of studies. To be official, the document(s) must contain the institution's stamp or other certification that clearly indicates authenticity. In cases where the above requested information is not available, an applicant should consult the Graduate Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 802 258-3510 (outside the US) or 800 336-1616 (toll-free in the US) for advice on the best way to proceed.
- Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not attend an undergraduate institution at which the language of instruction was English must provide documentation that will demonstrate their English language acquisition (courses attended, tests given, etc.). If the admission reviewers consider that there is further evidence needed, we will contact you for a phone or a Skype interview. If you have taken and passed the TOEFL or IELTS exams, please upload copies of your test scores to your online application.
A limited number of competitive scholarships are available to participants of the CONTACT program. These scholarships cover only tuition expenses, and do not cover room, board, transportation, visa fees, or other personal expenses. Participants are encouraged to seek out funding sources within their own communities or organizations to cover the cost of participation.
Calendar and Timeline
|Application deadline||February 27, 2017. Applications will be accepted after this date on a rolling basis. Contact Admissions for details.|
|Arrival and registration||June 4, 2017|
|Peacebuilding I: Musicians Without Borders||June 5, 2017 to June 16, 2017|
June 19, 2017 to June 24, 2017
Note: Classes take place Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Optional but recommended evening and weekend activities take place most days.