CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program

Admissions

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 words describing one significant intercultural experience and analyze how this experience has shaped your education and/or career path.
  • One (1) letter 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 send the letter from your current or most recent supervisor who knows your work. 
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges or universities (Unofficial copies are sufficient.) 
  • 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.

Scholarships

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

Event Date
Application deadline April 5, 2014
Arrival and Registration June 1, 2014
Peacebuilding I June 2, 2014 to June 13, 2014
SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, Vermont
Peacebuilding II June 16, 2014 to June 20, 2014
SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, Vermont

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.

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Phone:
877.257.7751, extension 3433
802.258.3433

TTY:
802.258.3388

Fax:
802.258.3320

Mailing Address:
PO Box 676, 1 Kipling Road
Brattleboro, VT 05302 USA

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