We are excited to announce that the United States Citizens’ Search for the 2022 Hansen Leadership Institute is open

The Hansen Leadership Institute (HLI) brings together and trains future leaders from across the world in order to promote world peace and international cooperation.


HLI provides training in the principles, practices, and psychology of effective, ethical and visionary leadership. We also train Hansen Fellows to be effective communicators and public speakers. In recent years, we have begun to expand our focus to gender issues in leadership as well. The intense, 24/7 face to face community of our three-week program becomes a path to a vibrant virtual hub, where Hansen alum engage, connect, and mutually support each other’s projects of peace and community building.

Mediation & Conflict Resolution

Peace-making is an art that requires knowledge and subtle interpersonal skills. HLI provides first-class training and hands-on instruction in these areas. We also equip our Fellows to communicate respectfully and effectively across cultural and political divisions, with a purpose of reconciliation and restorative justice. Human rights issues are central in many situations of conflict resolution. So, HLI Fellows also receive training from a human rights activist and expert who has extensive knowledge and experience in these areas.

International Cooperation

The heart of HLI is that it fosters deep friendship and solidarity with like-minded others from zones of conflict across the world. Fellows become lifelong members of a close-knit and highly engaged international community, which exposes them to new opportunities for service, education, and friendship across borders. The three-week program itself is a yearly experiment in international cooperation. People from warring countries start as awkward roommates. They leave the program as close friends with a mutual resolve to make peace between their peoples.


U.S. STUDENTS: (Students from any university in the United States)

You can find the application portal here: hansenleadershipinstitute.communityforce.com The portal will close at midnight Pacific Time on March 15, 2022. All application materials must be in by this deadline. Please cite PCDN as the source of the posting in your application.

The Hansen Summer Institute is fully funded by the Fred J. Hansen Foundation. This includes airfare, room and board, and all programmatic costs. If selected the only cost to participants will be the fees incurred in obtaining a passport and spending money.

The 2022 Hansen Leadership Institutes International Fellows were selected in early 2020. They have remained committed through two postponements, to come to the University of San Diego in July 2022. Therefore, the only search this year is for the United States students who will join these International Fellows.


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