Interdisciplinary Studies

Certificate in Peace & Post Conflict Studies

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Dr. Siobhan Byrne (right) specialises in the study of societies in transition from conflict to peace, especially in Ireland and Palestine.

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Peace and Post-Conflict Studies challenges students to think critically about forces that shape and drive conflict.

A Certificate in Peace and Post-Conflict Studies will equip students across a number of faculties and disciplines with the knowledge of the complexity of instituting measures that address underlying sources of conflict and provide them with hands-on practical approaches to sustaining peace. In a global climate of conflict, fear and insecurity, the issue of building sustainable peace in countries that have undergone the ravages of conflict is of vital importance to policy makers and academics alike.   The Peace and Post-Conflict Studies Certificate is especially useful for those seeking a career in government, international governmental organizations (IGO), non-governmental organizations (NGO) and legal and business firms.

About the Certificate

In a global climate of conflict, fear and insecurity, the issue of building sustainable peace in countries that have undergone the ravages of conflict is of vital importance to policy makers and academics alike. This unique certificate in Peace and Post-Conflict Studies, administered by the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, will equip students from a number of Faculties and disciplines with knowledge of the complexity of instituting measures that address underlying sources of conflict and provide them with hands-on practical approaches to sustaining peace. The Peace and Post- Conflict Studies certificate is especially useful for those seeking a career in government, international governmental organizations (IGO), non-governmental organizations (NGO) and legal and business firms.

Please click here for information regarding requirements for the Certificate in Peace and Post-Conflict Studies or contact Siobhan Byrne, PPC Director at

If you are interested in understanding:

  • The root causes of conflict;
  • How to break the cycle of violence;
  • What it takes to build sustainable peace;
  • The process of reconstructing societies ravaged by war

If you are interested in:

  • Working with a Non-Governmental Organization
  • Working with an Inter-governmental Organization
  • Working in government
  • Working in business or legal firms

If you are interested in:

  • Doing development work in developing countries
  • Conflict management and conflict resolution
  • Alternative dispute resolution

This certificate is for you.


Please click on the links below for information regarding conferences related to Peace & Post-Conflict Studies. 


The following organizations offer internships from time to time. Be sure to check the relevant websites for vacancies and deadlines:

Aga Khan Foundation Canada

Sample placements for International Development Management (IDM) Fellows are listed here:

Alberta Smithsonian Internship Program

General information regarding Fellowship and Internship Programs:

Please take note of specialized fellowships and their respective places of contact. As part of its mandate for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge," including the diverse ideas, skills, and cultures of our nation, the Smithsonian Institution pursues policies of equal opportunity and cultural diversity. Smithsonian fellowships and internships are awarded on the basis of these policies. Applicants are evaluated on their academic standing, scholarly qualifications, experiences, the quality of the research project or study proposed and its suitability to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and programs.

Scholars and students with outside sources of funding are also encouraged to utilize the Institution's resources and facilities. The Office of Research Training and Services can facilitate visiting appointments in such cases provided that the investigator obtains approval from the staff member with whom he/she would consult.

For more information on internships:

Canadian Crossroads International (CCI)

Canadian Crossroads International (CCI) has recently posted its new volunteer positions overseas and is welcoming applicants now!

Our volunteer positions are focused on micro credit, gender equality and community economic development and aim to build the capacity of our partners to carry out their work.  Fair trade, e-learning, social research, information technology, e-commerce and risk analysis are some of the specific placements featured this year. Overseas participants are experienced Canadian professionals with either general or specialized skills. For more information on volunteer opportunities:

CODEPINK: Women for Peace

CODEPINK: Women for Peace Internship opportunities:

Council of Federation Youth Internship Program

For more information or to download an application form, please go to the website at:

Global Youth Connect

Global Youth Connect is dedicated to empowering youth to advance human rights and create a more just world. Global Youth Connect envisions a world where the human rights of all people are equally respected, fully protected and universally realized. It also envisions a world where all young people - irregardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion, class, gender or other differences are encouraged and empowered to non-violently claim their own rights and serve as advocates for the rights of others.

For more information on Global Youth Connect and the Programs that they offer please visit:

International Peace & Development Training Centre

 For more information on course content, application procedures and deadlines, please visit:

Engineers Without Borders Canada

For more information, please visit:

Ontario Legislature Internship Programme

Application forms, information and instructions may be found here:

Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER)

Work closely with public and private sector leaders to help develop regional solutions to shared challenges. The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) is seeking qualified students and recent graduates interested in working in a small, non-profit organization involved in Canada – U.S. relations and public / private sector cooperation. Interns must be willing to work at a variety of activities, and have the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Interns will have the opportunity to interface with regional legislators and industry leaders while gaining experience in a small office setting.

The internship needs and schedule change annually, but frequently include:

PNWER Annual Summit – Spring Internships

Economic Leadership Forum – Fall Internships

Legislative Leadership Academy – Fall Internships

Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies Seminar – Fall / Winter Internships

Officer Capital Visits throughout the region and at the Federal levels – Fall / Winter Internships

For further details, please visit:

The Balkans Peace Program 2015

The Balkans Peace Program (BPP) Summer 2015: International Development, Politics, and Post-Conflict Societies - Kosovo and the Balkans is an educational program that provides students enrolled in a university outside of Kosovo and the region with the opportunity to spend three weeks in Kosovo studying and learning about development in practice in a post-conflict area right in the middle of Europe. Participants of the program will also visit three other Balkans countries, Albania (listed no. 4 in the New York Times' list of places to go in 2014), Macedonia, and Montenegro. This is the fourth annual Balkans Peace Program.

The program consists of four key components:

  • one academic course (of 7 ECTS credits or its equivalent in Canadian/American credits, i.e. 3 credits) on International Development, Politics, and Post-Conflict Societies: Kosovo and the Balkans and meetings with government officials in Kosovo;
  • a tour of historic and tourist sites of Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, and Macedonia;
  • cultural immersion - students will be paired with local host brothers and sisters and get to spend time with their families so as to learn about the Albanian culture, traditions, and hospitality in Kosovo;
  • publication opportunity - provided you submit your BPP paper (essay) in time and as per given guidelines, you may be included in the BPP 2015 edited book scheduled to be published in the fall of 2015. 
BPP Summer 2015 takes place from 3 to 24 May 2015. Participants will be accommodated in Gjilan, the fourth largest city in Kosovo, with a population of about 95,000, located on the southeast corner of Kosovo, some 45 km southeast of Prishtina, the capital.

Application Deadline: 2 March 2015. Scholarships Available.

For more information on the program, to apply, and to see testimonials from previous participants, please visit the program's website:

Direct questions to: or Tony Bislimi, Doctoral Fellow, EU Centre of Excellence, University of Alberta, 
The Washington Center

For information about internship opportunities, please visit:

United Nations University (UNU)

The UNU offers offers a variety of Fellowship and Internship opportunities, please visit:

University of Alberta International Centre

For further information about working and studying abroad visit the University of Alberta International Center’s website:

Scholarships and Awards

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)

For information on scholarships administered by the AUCC, please visit:

The Consortium for Peace Studies (CPS) at the University of Calgary

For information on the Research Fellowship in Peace Studies, please visit:

Gandhi Scholarship for Peace Studies

The Gandhi Foundation Scholarship is awarded to a student with superior academic achievement entering their third or fourth year of undergraduate study in a Bachelor of Arts degree program. (Award open to Continuing undergraduate students only) Selection is based on completion of at least three (3) Peace & Post-Conflict Studies Certificate courses, academic standing and demonstrated personal commitment to peace and peace-related activities.

The deadline to apply is 3:00 p.m., on the last business day of June.  Applications received past this deadline will not be considered.

Please drop off/mail application form and relevant material to the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, 400 Arts & Convocation Hall, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2E6. 

Lee Global Education Awards

For application forms and more information regarding eligibility, selection process, and terms and guidelines please visit:

Rotary World Peace Fellowships

Information and applications for the Rotary World Peace Fellowships are available online:

For further details, you may also contact Dr. Siobhan Byrne:


Bridge Education Abroad Institute (BEAI), is offering summer programs in South Africa. The institute plans short programs all across the world, to provide students with unique opportunities to experience different political cultures while strengthening their leadership and diplomacy skills. The programs draw a diverse group of students together from all over the world to discuss pressing global issues while exchange cultural values. In a rapidly globalizing world, these experiences are invaluable to the success of students in the global job market.

For the summer of 2015, programs are scheduled in Cape Town and Johannesburg for the months of June, July and August. This program will include lectures from experienced professors and guest speakers from all over the globe, including the United States of America. A few of the professors include:

  •          Professor Dr. Paul Joseph (Tufts University, USA)- Author and Previous Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program

♦   PHD from UC Berkeley

♦   Previous president of the national Peace Studies Association

♦   Former Distinguished Chair for the United States-India Education Foundation (Fulbright program)

  •          Professor Dr. Solava Ibrahim (University of Cambridge, UK) – Director of MA in Poverty and Development a the institute for development policy and management 

♦PHD and MPhil from Cambridge

  •          Service Learning Day with Educo Africa (Local NGO) – Vision- Young people understanding their roles as powerful agents of change – actively, confidently and positively contributing towards a better global community. 

♦ Paired with 12 local South Africans for a meaningful day of service  

The students will enrich their knowledge of South Africa’s history, international politics, and economics while also enjoying travel to famous and historic places. Students are encouraged to get to know one another and share cultural values through planned social events.

  •   Nelson Mandela’s Jail Cell at Robben Island
  •   Big 5 African Safari
  •   Apartheid Museum
  •   Visit President Nelson Mandela’s home in the Soweto’s
  •   NGO Service Learning day with Local South African Leaders

Please Note: South Africa programs are limited to 12 students per program to enhance the students learning between professors and students.

To find more information about this program, you may visit or contact

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