Women PeaceMakers Program (University of San Diego)

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.


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

For the Peace Researcher Opportunity:

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For more information, please contact:

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