Do I have to know Norwegian or be taking a course in Norwegian to be eligible?
No. All lectures, discussions and course materials are in English.
Are there certain majors that are given first priority for selection as a Peace Scholar?
No. Students from all areas of study may apply. It is important that you have an understanding of and an intellectual curiosity about peace in a global context. But this might be peace related to disciplines as diverse as biology and literature, music and political science, history and business, or geoscience and philosophy. To see a list of past Peace Scholars and their majors, please go to www.peacescholars.wordpress.com.
How many Peace Scholars are selected?
There are two Peace Scholars selected each year.
What are the costs of the program?
Students pay for their own personal expenses. Air fare to and from Minneapolis
(Nobel Peace Prize Forum) and to and from Norway is paid. In addition, lodging,
food and tuition are paid by the program while students are in Norway. Any
additional travel or purchase of books, etc. not part of the course curriculum in
Norway are the responsibility of the individual student.
I’ve heard that students from PLU join Peace Scholars from other schools. How does that work?
Peace Scholars are selected from six colleges and universities: Augsburg
(Minneapolis), Augustana (Sioux Falls, SD), Concordia (Moorhead, MN), Luther
(Decorah, Iowa), St. Oaf (Northfield, MN) and PLU. The schools have a common
institutional definition as private Lutheran colleges founded by Norwegian
The Peace Scholars meet the first time for an orientation during the Nobel Peace
Prize Forum in Minneapolis in March. They study together for seven weeks in
Norway. Finally, they attend the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in March of the year
after their summer study.
What are the responsibilities of a person selected as a Peace Scholar?
At the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Peace Scholars are asked to blog about their
experience there, introduce speakers at the forum, attend orientation sessions
for Peace Scholars, etc. In Norway, they are expected to study as an active and
committed member of the group. On their home campus, they are asked to help
with recruiting new Peace Scholars, give two public presentations about their
experience, and provide input to the Nobel Peace Prize Forum/Peace Scholars
committee as needed. Students must commit to all parts of the Peace Scholars
program. In sum, this means the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in March both before
and after the summer study, the Peace Scholars program in Norway from
mid-June to the first week in August, and on-campus participation following
the summer program in Norway. Finally, as with all study away, students are
expected to be good ambassadors of both their country and their university.
Where does the summer course in Norway take place?
Students spend their first 4-5 days in Lillehammer at the Nansen Dialogue
Center. They are joined by students from the Balkans. The focus of these first
days of the course is dialogue and peace. The next six weeks, students are
part of an international student body of participants from over 90 countries.
The course on peace studies is one of many offered at the Oslo International
Summer School on the University of Oslo campus. Students live in a campus
residence hall and take one course in addition to the peace studies course.
This course may be in Norwegian language, Norwegian history, international
politics, contemporary Norwegian society, gender and equality, art history or
When are the Peace Scholars selected?
Essays will be reviewed during the first week in February. Interviews of finalists
will take place the second week in February. Peace Scholars for 2014 will be
announced by February 15th.
How are the essays evaluated, and what are the criteria for evaluation?
All essays are reviewed by the Nobel Peace Prize Forum/Peace Scholars
committee of faculty and administrators. Specific criteria they will evaluate in
the essay are:
• Motivation and purpose;
• Depth of understanding of peace in a global context;
• Intellectual curiosity that integrates the study of peace to the applicant’s
major and vocation;
• Commitment to the program and its focus;
• Quality written expression and articulation;
• Two letters of recommendation.
What are the requirements for letters of recommendation?
At least one letter is to be from a faculty member who knows your academic
work well. The other letter may be written by a faculty person or any other
person who can speak to your academic strengths, personal strengths, and
qualities that make you an excellent choice for the Peace Scholars program.
While it is not required that the letters be from PLU faculty or administrators,
it is strongly suggested that at least one letter addresses your current study at
How should the application materials be submitted?
Please submit your complete application (essay, resume, transcript) as electronic copies to Tracy Williamson, Assistant to the
Dean of Humanities at firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: Letters of recommendation must be sent by the recommender directly to Tracy Williamson at email@example.com
For your submitted materials and for letters of recommendation, the subject line: “Peace
Scholar Application” is to be used.