USAID Scholarship to Attend the Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program at Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA 2014



Call for Applications
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Scholarship to Attend the Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program at Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA
USAID Kenya and USAID East Africa are offering eight scholarships to qualified Kenyan women from conflict-affected communities to attend the Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program at Eastern Mennonite University in the USA.

Those chosen for this program will study for a Graduate Certificate in Peacebuilding Leadership.

Courses in this program will teach peacebuilding and leadership theory along with practical skills, and includes a strong mentoring program to assist students to enhance their peacebuilding efforts within Kenya.
The program is targeting women peacebuilding practitioners who are recognized in their community as possessing leadership potential and dedication to their community.
The program will include three short courses in the US in May and June, 2014; and two short courses in the East Africa region in June 2015.
Both academic and practical peacebuilding work are required in the time between the courses.
The coursework will be completed by December, 2015, at which time the Graduate Certificates will be awarded.
Students accepted into this program must be available for six weeks during May and June, 2014, for three weeks during June, 2015, and one week in December, 2015.
The Center for Justice and Peace building (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University equips and sustains
individuals, groups and communities to work for justice and peace through education, training, practice and research.
The program prepares students to creatively work for long-term sustained, structural change, whether in an organization or community or on a large-scale level.
Interested candidates must possess the following qualifications.
  1. Must be a Kenyan citizen from conflict-affected communities.
  2. 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.
  3. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (based on a four-point scale).
  4. A TOEFL score of 550, or an IELTS score of 6.5 are required. This may be waived in some cases.
  5. At least two years of experience in peacebuilding or related work: conciliation, mediation, trauma healing, advocacy, restorative justice, community development/relief work.
  6. Demonstrated leadership or leadership potential.
  7. Recommendations and support by a local organization and other peacebuilding actors.
To Apply:
The online application and detailed instructions are available at
Click on the “Kenyan 2014 applicants” button and use the password wplp2014 when requested on the following web page.
The deadline for submitting completed applications is 28 December, 2013.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.