Become a Peace Scholar!

Congratulations to 2019-2020 Peace Scholars Dejan Perez (left) and Barbara Gilchrist (right)!

The Peace Scholars Program was established in 2011 as an annual program designed to deepen students’ understanding of the central issues and theories regarding peacebuilding, conflict and war. Two students from each of the participating colleges and universities form what used to be a 12-member and is now a 16-member group of scholars.

The program has three components:

  1. Study at a seven-week peace seminar in Norway.
  2. Attend the Nobel Peace Prize Forum|Minneapolis, which will next take place in September 2019, though under a different name.
  3. Contribute to peacebuilding efforts on PLU campus.

In Norway, students begin their study at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue in Lillehammer.  There they engage in structured dialogue sessions with students from the Balkans/Caucasus regions and the Middle East.

Study at the Oslo International Summer School includes an interdisciplinary six-week undergraduate level course in peace studies. The course includes both classroom instruction and visits to prominent institutions dealing with peace and conflict. Upon return to the PLU campus, students work with the Peace Scholars coordinator to promote the program through presentations and recruitment meetings.

Travel, lodging and meals related to the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and the Peace Scholars summer study are paid for by PLU and generous donors. Students are responsible for non-program costs, including personal travel and purchases.

Summer Study: Oslo International Summer School

The summer school is a vibrant international environment in which students from over 80 countries take part. The 12 Peace Scholars take a Peace Seminar together. In addition, they choose one elective course.

Nansen Dialogue Center

Students begin their study in Norway at the Nansen Dialogue Center in Lillehammer. There they join students from the Balkans to practice the art of dialogue.

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum

PLU joins Nobel Peace Prize Forum as a full sponsor


When they weren’t busy studying peacebuilding and conflict with students from all over the world, PLU Peace Scholars Ariel Wood ’17 and Theo Hofrenning ’17 explored downtown Oslo and Norway’s southeastern coast. Learn more about the Peace Scholar program at