Applications are invited for Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program (WPLP) available for qualified Kenyan women from conflict-affected communities. It offers graduate-level, practice-based peacebuilding education designed to meet the needs of women in conflict zones. The program will include three courses in the US in May and June 2016, one course in Kenya in January 2017, and two courses in Kenya in June 2017. WPLP is a fully grant-funded program. Students will have all program-related costs, including tuition and travel, covered by the generosity of funders. The application deadline is 15 November 2015.
Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded for practice-based peacebuilding education designed to meet the needs of women in conflict zones.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for undertaking graduate certificate at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in the USA.
Scholarship Provider: USAID Kenya and East Africa
Scholarship can be taken at: USA and Kenya (two courses in Kenya in June 2017)
Eligibility: Interested candidates must possess the following qualifications:
-Must be a Kenyan citizen from a conflict-affected community.
-A 4-year undergraduate degree, preferably in the social sciences. Candidates who do not meet these criteria but have undergraduate work of at least two years and have extensive peacebuilding experience may be considered.
-Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (based on a four-point scale).
-Proficient written and spoken English language skills.
-At least two years of experience in peacebuilding or related work: conciliation, mediation, trauma healing, advocacy, restorative justice, community development, or relief work.
-Demonstrated leadership or leadership potential.
-Recommendations and support from a local organization and other peacebuilding actors.
Scholarship Open for International Students: Kenyan citizens from a conflict-affected community are eligible to apply.
Scholarship Description: The Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program (WPLP) offers contextualized peacebuilding leadership education and mentored practice designed to equip regional cohorts of women peacebuilders with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes of leaders able to respond to conflict and build peace in their communities, organizations, and countries. WPLP is based on a cohort model that welcomes regional groups of women who hold leadership roles in marginalized or disadvantaged communities. As a fully funded program, WPLP selects these regional cohorts of women in partnership with funders. Unsolicited applications are not accepted, asprogram staff work with funders to identify women leaders from specific organizations and/or communities to enroll in the program.
Number of award(s): USAID Kenya and East Africa is offering eight scholarships to qualified Kenyan women
Duration of award(s): The program will include three courses in the US in May and June 2016, one course in Kenya in January 2017, and two courses in Kenya in June 2017. An online course will occur from February – November 2017, during which time participants will also implement an intervention plan. The coursework will be completed by December 2017, at which time the graduate certificates will be awarded.
What does it cover? WPLP is a fully grant-funded program. Students will have all program-related costs, including tuition and travel, covered by the generosity of funders. Incidental costs, personal costs incurred while implementing an intervention plan, and health-related costs which occur while participants are in the US or attending in-region courses will not be covered by the program.
Selection Criteria: The program is targeting women peacebuilding practitioners who are recognized in their community as possessing leadership potential and whose work is related to addressing root causes of violent extremism.
Notification: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
How to Apply: Applications should be submitted online.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 15 November 2015.