Six colleges founded by Norwegian-American immigrants in the 19th century sponsor an annual summer Peace Scholars program in Norway, designed to deepen students’ understanding of the central issues and theories regarding conflict, war and peace, peacemaking and peacebuilding.  Through an application and interview process, two students from Augsburg, Augustana (Sioux Falls), Concordia (Moorhead), Luther, Pacific Lutheran,  and St. Olaf College are selected as Peace Scholars and awarded a seven-week academic experience (with academic credit) held in Lillehammer and Oslo, Norway. In 2017 two more universities were added to this group; California State University, Sacramento,  and University at Hawaii, Manoa.


  • Scholars will be named the week of February 1-5 and introduced at the September 13-15, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, which will be held in Minneapolis on the campus of Augsburg University.
  • The program will be held June 17 – August 3, 2018. It begins at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialog in Lillehammer where the Peace Scholars will spend five days as participant–observers in structured dialog sessions with students from the Balkans/Caucasus regions. The program continues at the Oslo International Summer School where scholars will continue their Peace Scholar Seminar and take an additional undergraduate course of their choice, offered at the ISS. At the successful conclusion of the program, the Peace Scholars will receive academic credit for two courses.
  • The Peace Scholar Seminar will provide a general introduction to peace and conflict studies and to the work of peace organizations and institutions in Norway, including the International Peace Research Institute, the Nobel Institute, the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, the Nobel Peace Center, and the Nansen Dialogue Network.
  • The cost of the program, approximately $5,500, will be covered by each respective college. That amount covers all ISS program fees including academic credit, room, board, and round-trip airfare from the U.S. to Oslo. Students will pay $500 toward their travel needs and will be responsible for personal expenses and purchasing their own books.


  • Regular blogging throughout time in Norway (at least once a week)
  • Openness to new ideas and enthusiastic participation
  • Upon returning to your campus, playing a leadership role in peace programming and promoting the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum
  • Presentations to at least two venues during the following year


  • Open to full-time sophomore or junior students
  • Strong academic record with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Applicants must commit to the full program dates , June 17-August 3, 2018 and are expected to attend the Nobel Peace Prize Forum: September 13-15, 2018 (some possible preprogramming).
  • Applicants must agree to use of blogs and pictures for further promotion of the program


  • Unofficial copy of the transcript (electronic copy saved in a PDF format);
  • Two letters of recommendation—one from a faculty member and the second from either a faculty or staff member—submitted electronically on to
  • 1,000 word essay (maximum) addressed to the Peace Scholars Selection Committee, articulating your interest in being a Peace Scholar, including how the experience would connect with your academic and vocational interests and goals and enable you to contribute to a more peaceful world.
  • Résumé;
  • Selected Peace Scholars must complete the Oslo International Summer School online application at by March 1.

Please submit your application to by January 6, 2018. A selection committee will review all applications and interview the finalists. For more information, contact to Dr. Per Anderson,  Associate Dean for Global Learning, and visit the Concordia Peace Scholars webpage.

Peace Scholar Seminar at the International Oslo Summer School (ISS)

The Peace Scholar Seminar is a rigorous academic course with a strong experiential component that explores the interdisciplinary field of peace and conflict studies, combining theoretical and empirical aspects. It aims to familiarize students with the history, central issues and theories regarding conflict, war and peace. As part of the seminar, students will be expected to develop a research project in consultation with the Course Leader.

Tentative Seminar Schedule:

At least two afternoons a week, peace scholars will either meet in a seminar session with their Course Leader and/or visit a peace organization. Other afternoons may be spent in individual research and working on their projects or working with other international students at the ISS.

Week in Lillehammer: (June 17-22). Participate in a significant Nansen Dialogue Network Seminar, Nansen Academy, Lillehammer, Norway, with students from the Balkans/Caucasus regions engaged in religious dialogue.

Week 1: Seminar with Course Leader, general orientation to course and discussion of projects.

Week 1: Visit to the Nobel Institute, including a discussion of the work of the Nobel committee, and an orientation to the Nobel Institute’s library, so that Peace Prize Forum scholars can return on their own to do research on their individual projects.

Week 2: Visit International Peace Research Institute (PRIO), followed by a meeting with the Peace Research graduate course students and an orientation to and discussion of the projects they are engaged in.

Week 2: Seminar with Course Leader

Week 3: Hands-on Dialogue Workshop with Steinar Bryn, Nansen Dialogue Network (Long Weekend: No classes on Thursday and Friday)

Week 4: Visit Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights

Week 4: Seminar with Course Leader

Week 5: Visit Nobel Peace Center

Week 5: Seminar with Course Leader

Week 6: Group/Individual Presentations by Peace Prize Forum Scholars, Final Examinations in ISS courses, Departure


In the mornings, from 8:15 AM – 1:00 PM, the peace scholars will participate in regular ISS courses with other international students. Offerings include Norwegian language, culture, Scandinavian or international politics. See listing at Evening programs include an International Forum, which meets every Tuesday evening with student panels on current affairs and other international issues.

Note about travel: Students will be met at Gardermoen airport in Oslo on Sunday afternoon, June 17 and travel together to the Nansen Academy in Lillehammer. After participating in the Nansen Dialogue Network Workshop, the students will be transported to the ISS in Oslo on Friday, June 22. The program ends Friday, August 3 and students will need to check out of the dormitory by noon that day.