The American Graduate School in Paris is offering a scholarship for students committed to focusing their graduate work on peacebuilding and social justice

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The American Graduate School in Paris is offering a scholarship for students committed to focusing their graduate work on peacebuilding and social justice. The “Peace and justice research scholarship” aims to support academic research that has real-world applicability in international relations.

This scholarship opportunity is open to students enrolling in Spring 2018 in one of the following AGS degree programs:

·       US-accredited Master of Arts of International Relations and Diplomacy

·       Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy

The scholarship amount covers 50% of the full tuition of the program concerned (see tuition: M.A. | Ph.D. ). Any scholarship amount granted will be applied to tuition only and may not be applied to living expenses or other personal expenses related to the attendance of the program.

Note that students enrolling in one of the dual program options are also eligible. The scholarship amount then only concerns the AGS portion of the tuition. The scholarship amount does not cover optional French classes at Alliance française.


Criteria of consideration for the Peace and Justice Research Scholarship include the following:

1. Students must demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and excellence, and leadership beyond the classroom.

2. Students must demonstrate specific interest and commitment in working toward peacebuilding and/or social justice through their Master’s thesis or Ph.D. dissertation (see section on “how to apply” below)

In the event of a tie between candidates, the AGS Scholarship Committee will take into consideration financial need and favor those who cannot benefit from other forms of financial aid.

Note that the Peace and Justice Research Scholarship may only be awarded to students enrolling in one of the AGS degree programs on a full-time basis. Part-time students and/or students in non-degree programs are not eligible. Other scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available for students without a research proposal. (see financial aid overview).

How to apply

To apply for the Peace and Justice Research Scholarship:

1. Apply to the program of your choice (M.A. or Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy) and indicate your interest on your program application form ( downloadable here). Please specify “Peace and Justice Research Scholarship” under “Other” in the section on Financial Aid, on page 4 of the form.

2. Submit a one to two-page document (between 300 and 500 words) describing your Master’s thesis or Ph.D. dissertation project focusing on aspects of peacebuilding and/or social justice. This document should answer the following questions:

What? What is the question that your Master’s or doctoral research will seek to answer?

Why? Why is that question important?

How? What is your proposed methodology for answering it?

So what? What are the implications of your research findings in international relations?

3. In addition, you may include any information or documentation that may help to demonstrate your achievements outside of the classroom.

Successful candidates will be sent a Scholarship Contract Agreement at the moment of offer, which must be signed by the student to take effect.



Application deadline for the scholarship is January 5th, 2018. Since the number of scholarships is limited, we strongly recommend that you notify your interest in applying for the scholarship as soon as possible ([email protected] – please indicate “Peace and Justice Research Scholarship” in the subject line).

Please note that the application deadline for admission into the programs is December 15th, 2017 for students who need a visa, and January 15th, 2018 for students who do not need a visa.

The Scholarship Committee will reply within four weeks of receipt of the application, and no later than January 12th.

The M.A. and Ph.D. programs concerned by the scholarship start on January 29th, 2018.


Any questions? Pease contact our Financial Aid counselor at [email protected] (please indicate “Peace and Justice Research Scholarship” in the subject line)



Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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