Conflict Transformation and transitional Justice – Scholars Program


Language: English
Program Fees: US $3400 (covers tuition, meals, lodging)
Location: Initiatives of Change conference center in Caux, Switzerland
Dates: July 20 – August 14, 2014
Participation: Limited to 20 students
Application deadline: February 15, 2014 (application starts in November 2013) – See more at:

The Caux Scholars Program (CSP) is a selective one month summer academic institute that equips 20 leaders between the ages of 21 and 35 from around the world with perspectives and skills needed to make a significant contribution to global peacebuilding. Its location at the international conference center for Initiatives of Change, in Caux, Switzerland, gives students a unique opportunity to meet politicians, diplomats, business people, trade unionists, and other leaders from around the world, many with firsthand experience of conflict and peacebuilding. In addition, the group spends a day in Geneva visiting non-governmental agencies and United Nations. During the month, scholars participate in international conferences and put their learning into practice by offering workshops, making presentations, and assisting with international groups visiting Caux.

Many of our Scholars come from war-torn or poverty-stricken countries. The very aspect of their life that attracts them to CSP also makes it difficult for them to fund their participation. Therefore, we work hard to secure funding to support their participation. In our efforts to keep the cost of the Program affordable, we have kept the tuition at $3,400 per student, though the Program costs us approximately $6,000 per student.  Our main source of funding to bridge this gap and to provide scholarships for needy students comes from foundations and individual supporters.

Since its inception in 1991 the Caux Scholars Program (CSP) has graduated 409 students from more than 100 countries. The program has an active alumni network active in all areas of life – academics, politics, international organizations, grassroots initiatives.

The Caux Scholars Program teaches students to analyze a conflict, to understand the factors that create and sustain conflicts, and provide practical understanding of approaches to resolving conflicts – conflict prevention, negotiation and transitional justice.

Twenty students from around the world are selected for this four-week course held in Caux, Switzerland, during the Initiatives of Change global summer conferences. The program includes approximately 40 hours of academic classes, seven hours per week of “Service for Leadership” practical work, a field trip to Geneva and participation in the Caux conferences.

While CSP is not affiliated with a university and does not offer credit, it is often possible for participants to secure credit through their own institution, in consultation with their professor and pursuant to their requirements. CSP is willing to assist in this.

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