Available Grants in Global Understanding and Peacemaking


International NGO/IGO Internship Scholarships  

Call for Applications

Closed for 2015

The purpose of the 2015 IGO/NGO Summer Internship Financial Support Program is to provide financial assistance to two rising junior (current sophomore) and one rising senior (current junior) student at Elizabethtown College, who will participate in an international internship program in Summer 2015 at an Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) or Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) that contributes to their educational goals. Funding is provided by the Elizabethtown College Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking through the US Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language grant that the College has received, and will be used to help offset the round trip airfare and pay an hourly salary for the duration of the internship program.

Eligibility Criteria

    1. Only rising junior and rising senior undergraduate students participating at unpaid internships abroad at prestigious IGOs and NGOs are eligible to apply to the IGO/NGO Internship Financial Support Program. Applicants should receive the approval of the IGO/NGO Summer Internship Financial Support Program Committee Chair before they choose an IGO or NGO to apply to.
    2. Applicants must have an unpaid internship offer from a recognized IGO or NGO abroad before applying to this IGO/NGO Summer Internship Financial Support Program.
    3. Internships should last anywhere between six to ten weeks, and should be completed before students graduate from the College.
    4. Students may find their own internship; apply to one of the organizations suggested by the IGO/NGO Internship Financial Support Committee or find internships through the College’s Career Services.
    5. Students should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0; preference will be given to 3.25 and above.
    6. Students should demonstrate leadership potential and community involvement as documented on a resume.
    7. Applicants must agree to keep a journal throughout the course of their summer internship, and give a public presentation of their internship experience to the campus community upon the completion of their internship.
    8. If students are applying for funding for the same internship from other sources, please note that you may accept only one grant.

Application Requirements

    1. Complete the application form (available from Dr. Oya Dursun-Ozkanca, dursuno@etown.edu).
    2. Provide a copy of the internship acceptance letter from the respective IGO/NGO abroad.
    3. Submit an up-to-date resume.
    4. Write a two (single-spaced) page essay, outlining the relationship of the proposed internship to the student’s expressed educational goals, as well as why he or she will be a good candidate for internship financial support.
    5. Submit an unofficial transcript.
    6. Supply two recommendation letters from faculty members to be sent directly to the IGO/NGO Internship Financial Support Program Committee.
    7. Funding decisions will be made following an interview process.

Student Intern Obligations


    1. Internships must be registered for academic credit with either the International Studies Minor Program, or with any relevant academic program, during the semester in which the work is completed. Upon conferral of the IGO/NGO Summer Internship Financial Support, please consult with the respective academic unit’s internship coordinator to learn about the requirements of receiving academic credit for your internship.
    2. Interns must submit a journal (by October 15th in the Fall semester immediately following the completion of their internship) documenting their learning experience throughout the course of their summer internship.
    3. Interns must submit a written evaluation of the completed internship (by October 15th in the Fall semester immediately following the completion of their internship), highlighting their accomplishments, their personal growth, and how the experience has affected their future career expectations.
    4. Interns must give a public presentation of their internship experience to the campus community upon the completion of their internship.

Terms and Conditions

Scholarship recipients must satisfactorily complete the internship described in the scholarship application before graduation from Elizabethtown College. Failure to do so will be considered a material breach of the program requirements, subjecting the student to forfeiture or repayment of the awarded funds. Exceptions to this forfeiture/repayment requirement will be granted only in extreme and unusual circumstances (as determined by the IGO/NGO Summer Internship Financial Support Committee at its sole discretion).

Potential NGO/IGO Organizations

These are only some of the possible organizations you may wish to consider.  It should not be considered a complete list.

Amnesty International

Business for Social Responsibility


Council of Europe

European Union

Freedom House

Grameen Foundation

Heifer International

Human Rights Watch

International Crisis Group


Jet Li One Foundation

Landesa Mennonite Central Committee

Mercy Corps

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Oxfam Hong Kong

Partners of the Americas

Search for Common Ground

Transparency International

Internship Search Engines/Sites

http://www2.etown.edu/vl/ngos.html http://www2.etown.edu/vl/otherigo.html http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/cdc/publicservice/intpubhealthjoblinks http://www.idealist.org http://www.goabroad.com/intern-abroad http://www.fordham.edu/academics/programs_at_fordham_/international_politi1/academics/internships/listing_of_internshi_33611.asp http://www.internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt/work/options/un_internships.html

Application Process and Deadline

The reference letters as well as the hard copies of the required application materials should be mailed to the following address by March 15, 2016 (No electronic copies will be accepted):

Dr. Oya Dursun-Ozkanca Chair of the IGO/NGO Summer Internship Financial Support Committee Department of Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies Nicarry Hall 246 Elizabethtown College One Alpha Drive Elizabethtown, PA 17022

dursuno@etown.edu; Office Phone: (717) 361-4749

Past Internship Awards


Matthew Rucci (Yangon, Myanmar)

Aung Hein (Beijing, China)


Stephen Brill (The Yunis Foundation, Bangladesh)

Alyssa Zerbe (Partners of the Americas, Colombia)


Ceyda Sablak (Public Health Clinic, Germany)

Paul M. Grubb, Jr., Student Peace Award

Deadline: April 1, 2017

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The Paul M. Grubb Jr. Student Peace Award is an annual award offered by the Elizabethtown College Alumni Peace Fellowship to aid Elizabethtown students in spreading peace and justice to the larger world. The winner receives $2,000 to help him or her to implement a research or service project focused on peace and justice objectives. 

Paul M. Grubb, Jr. was an alumnus of Elizabethtown College (’55), a conscientious objector, and a committed advocate for peace. He died of a rare form of cancer in 1985 at age 53. In 2008, his widow Lavonne established the Paul M. Grubb, Jr. Student Peace Award to honor and encourage the kind of work in which he believed so deeply.

To be eligible for this award, you must create a proposal for a service or research project focused on peace and justice objectives. The winner will receive a $2,000 award to help him or her accomplish their goals.

Proposal tips:

    • Take time to think through your proposal with care.
    • Highest consideration will be given to those showing evidence of thought, clarity, and specificity.
    • Avoid vague generalizations.
    • A winning application could mean a pivotal experience in your life. The more you put into it, the greater the return.

For advice on the your proposal you may wish to contact:

    • Michael Long, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies - longm@etown.edu, 717-361-1240
    • Jonathan Rudy, Global Peacemaking Scholar-in-Residence - rudyje@etown.edu, 717-361-1995

Established Programs

Students may either propose a project of their own making or work in an established program. The following organizations offer excellent opportunities for short-term internships and volunteer work related to peacemaking: 

    • Friends Committee on National Legislation(FCNL) – www.fcnl.org (Washington, D.C.) -  Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL's nonpartisan, multi-issue advocacy connects historic Quaker testimonies on peace, equality, simplicity, and truth with peace and social justice issues. FCNL fields the largest team of registered peace lobbyists in Washington, DC and has a particular mission to train young adults to advocate for peace and justice. FCNL offers a limited number of summer internships in its Washington office and provides some assistance in locating housing. Applications are accepted Nov. 1-March 1 at jobs@fcnl.org. For more information, see http://fcnl.org/about/jobs/summer_internships/                  

    • Agape-Satyagraha Conflict Resolution Training - Be a summer intern for this Brethren Community Ministries program in Harrisburg, PA. The program trains urban youth to resolve conflict using methods inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a ministry of the Harrisburg Church of the Brethren.
    • Volunteers for Peace -www.vfp.org (International) - VFP coordinates international work camps and volunteer opportunities for many other organizations. Wide variety of countries and projects. Browse projects at www.vfp.org/projectsearch.aspx                  

    • New Community Project - www.newcommunityproject.org (Harrisonburg, VA, South Sudan, Nepal, Myanmar) NCP is a small nonprofit organization with a big goal: to change the world. NCP works at issues of human justice and environmental sustainability, and provides experiences that invite transformation. NCP's Sustainable Living Homestead in Harrisonburg, VA invites apprentices to be involved in the Muddybike urban organic garden, work with refugees and people recovering from homelessness and abuse, learn about sustainable building practices, and participate in community-based advocacy and outreach projects. NCP also sends Solidarity Workers for six-month terms to South Sudan, Nepal and Myanmar to work in schools (S. Sudan), reforestation projects (Myanmar, S. Sudan), and/or women's programs (S. Sudan, Nepal). Contact director David Radcliff (ncp@newcommunityproject.org) for more information. (This organization was an outgrowth of peace work in the Church of the Brethren.)

    • On Earth Peace – www.onearthpeace.org (New Windsor, MD) - A Church of the Brethren organization founded to foster peace by providing skills, support, and spiritual foundations for overcoming violence with the power of love, through a range of powerful programs of training and accompaniment. Although we are an agency of the Church of the Brethren, we have an independent peace mission that works with all kinds of groups including schools, churches, community organizations, businesses, government agencies, and others. Contact Marie Benner-Rhoades (mrhoades@onearthpeace.org) for available project areas.

    • The Carter Center - www.cartercenter.org (Atlanta, GA) - Founded by President Jimmy Carter, The Carter Center partners with Emory University to “to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.” College juniors and seniors are eligible for internships in one of the Center’s Peace Programs, focusing on The Americas, China, Conflict Resolution, Democracy, Global Access to Information, or Human Rights. The Carter Center assists interns in finding housing in private homes or apartment sublets. Some additional financial aid may be available on a need basis. Summer internship application deadline: March 1. (http://www.cartercenter.org/involved/internship/peace-internships/index.html)

    • Friends Peace Teams – www.friendspeaceteams.org (international) - Organized summer work camps in Africa and Peace Team trips to Asia and Latin America.

    • Christian Peacemaker Teams - www.cpt.org (international) CPT places teams at the invitation of local peacemaking communities that are confronting situations of lethal conflict. These teams seek to wage nonviolent direct action to confront systems of violence and oppression.

    • Alternatives to Violence Project – www.avpinternational.org and www.avpusa.org. Projects vary, but range from work with inmates in U.S. prisons to trainings to address domestic violence in high-conflict areas like Gaza and the West Bank. Most projects are coordinated by seasoned volunteers, so contacting them directly is necessary. Some weekend trainings in AVP conflict transformation may be necessary in advance. 

Past Award Winners

Sarah Fuller, 2016

In preparation for a career in International and Comparative Education, Sarah Fuller has studied the marginalization of children with disabilities worldwide. She hopes to develop a practical approach to the inclusion of all children in society through education.

Bhim Thapaliya, 2015

Bhim Thapaliya founded the Act for Humanity Foundation (AFH) to help immigrants learn English language and navigate American culture. He also sends aid to the impoverished in his home country, Nepal.

Jessica Leidy, 2014

A Fulbright Scholar, Jessica Leidy uses her mathematics secondary education major and leadership experience to bridge cultural boundaries. She studied cross-cultural relationships in The Gambia and is currently teaching English and math in Malaysia.

The Eugene P. Clemens Award

The Eugene P. Clemens Award is annually given to a student who has demonstrated, by speech or actions, the promotion of peace, tolerance or social justice on campus or in their community. The award has been established to honor Dr. Eugene P. Clemens, professor of Philosophy and Religion at Elizabethtown College from 1965-2000, who practiced and promoted peace, tolerance and social justice throughout his career. The award is overseen by the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking and implemented by the Elizabethtown College Alumni Peace Fellowship.  Send nominations, including the student's name, phone number, and e-mail address, to Michael Long at longm@etown.edu and Charles Wilson at arundelynn@gmail.com

The Young Center Fund for Student-Faculty Research in Conflict Resolution and Ecumenical Studies

The Young Center Fund for Student-Faculty Research in Conflict Resolution and Ecumenical Studies supports qualified students in performing research with faculty in areas of conflict resolution and ecumenical studies at Elizabethtown College. The fund encourages the College's efforts to establish global understanding and peace as a signature emphasis by strengthening and enlarging opportunities for international engagement, study and practice of conflict resolution, and interfaith dialogue. The annual research award will be given to a qualified students identified by the Young Center in consultation with the Department of Religious Studies.  

Faculty Members:

Dale W. Brown Peace Endowment

Dale Brown is a long-time professor and peace activist in the Church of the Brethren. He taught at Bethany Theological Seminary in Chicago and Oak Brook, Illinois from 1962 to 1994, in addition to two years from 1956-1958. In addition to teaching theology classes, Dale was well known for his peace activism. He was a co-founder of the Brethren Action Movement, challenging youth and young adults to express their peace convictions actively as well as being conscientious objectors. He founded the Peace Studies Program at Bethany Theological Seminary (1972). Dale was also active in the New Call to Peacemaking, a cooperative venture among Quakers, Mennonites and Brethren to promote conscientious objection to war and actions to make peace. Dale could often be found at demonstrations or protest rallies objecting to war and militarism. After retirement in 1994 he moved to Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, where he continued to support peace activism, traveling at times with Elizabethtown College students and Brethren students to protest events. In 1996 the Atlantic Northeast District of the Church of the Brethren honored Dale on the 50th anniversary of his ministry.

The Dale W. Brown endowment supports projects that fit into one of the following categories:

    • Educational experiences that include experiential learning, seminars, and practicums where students can study and experience the craft of nonviolent action.
    • Participatory projects that enable students and faculty to engage in acts of conscience and nonviolent witness against violence and war in the public square.
    • Special on-campus activities such as teach-ins, films, speakers, debates and creative means of witness that show the consequences of war and which develop conviction for nonviolent engagement. 

For application instructions, please contact the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking.

Curriculum Enhancement Grants

The Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking invites proposals for curriculum enhancement grants in the areas of global understanding or peacemaking. Proposals should specify how the grant will lead to the development of either entirely new courses, revised content within existing courses, or co-curricular programming to enhance the educational experience.

Eligibility: All full time tenured and tenure-track faculty are invited to apply.

Amount of the Awards: Up to four grants will be awarded up to $4,500 each.

Possible Uses for Grant Money:

    1. Hiring a student assistant, translator, consultant, lecturer, performer, etc.
    2. International or domestic travel, including site visits for study abroad.
    3. Purchasing books or equipment.
    4. Summer stipend.
    5. Funding a course release for personal preparation and/or team-teaching.
    6. In addition to the above, the review committee will consider all proposed budgets that lead to incorporating global understanding and/or peacemaking into the curriculum.

Please note:

    1. Once awarded a curriculum enhancement grant from the Center, an individual must wait two years before applying for a second grant.
    2. Priority will be given to proposals for new curriculum development and enhancement rather than providing support for existing programs.
    3. Members of the review committee cannot apply for curriculum enhancement grants.
    4. Priority will be given to proposals that produce sustainable, long-term changes in the curriculum over those that are one-time offerings.

Application Procedure

Provide a brief summary (between 600 and 4,000 words) of the way in which you will use these funds to enhance the curriculum in the areas of global understanding or peacemaking. Your application must include the following:

1. Names of participating individuals.

2. A time frame for using the funds (there is no limit to the proposed time frame).

3. A tentative, rough budget.

4. A description of the overall goal(s) for your project and your plan for assessment.

You may also want to consider the following when composing your application:

1. Is this a new idea or will the funds be used to raise the standards of an existing program?

2. What immediate and long-term impacts do you expect the project or program to have? How many students will be impacted? What do you want to happen as a result of your activities?

3. Is the project well-conceived? Are the goals reasonable?

4. How does the proposed project lead to global understanding or peacemaking?

5. Can you demonstrate that CGUP funding is crucial to the completion of the proposal?

6. Favorable consideration will be given to proposals that incorporate collaboration, include plans for external funding, and/or utilize professional development funds to augment the project.

7. Can you provide an expert evaluation of your proposal?

Post-award Report:

Recipients of the grant are required to submit a one-page report upon the conclusion of their project or at the end of the proposal’s specified time frame, whichever comes first. The report will be shared with the CGUP Steering Committee, PDC, and the Dean of Faculty. Failure to submit a report makes the individual(s) ineligible for future CGUP grants.

Selection Process:

All applications will be evaluated and ranked by an interdisciplinary committee composed of full-time faculty. If a member of the evaluation committee submits a proposal, s/he will be recused from the committee. All applicants will be informed within four weeks of the application deadline.

Application Deadline:

All applications must be submitted to the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking by April 1. Applications can be submitted either digitally or in hard copy.


Please contact Dr. David Kenley (717-361-1238, kenleyd@etown.edu) with any questions or to discuss possible projects. 

The Mary Dilling Herr Peace Fund

The Mary Dilling Herr Peace Fund may be used for residencies, programs, lectures, and other activities of the Elizabethtown College Alumni Peace Fellowship. Funding is provided by the Elizabethtown College Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking and the ECAPF through a gift from the estate of Mary Dilling Herr '57. Herr was a founding member of the Elizabethtown College Alumni Peace Fellowship. By offering programs, residencies, lectures, and awards, the Alumni Peace Fellowship honors the work of those dedicated to, and actively involved in, the pursuit of peace, non-violence, human dignity, and social justice in the global community.

For application instructions, please contact the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking. 

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers over 500 awards annually in 46 disciplines through the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients can spend two to twelve months teaching and/or conducting research in one of over 125 countries worldwide.

For more information and application instructions, please go to: http://www.cies.org/program/core-fulbright-us-scholar-program