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Fellowships and Awards in Peace and Conflict Studies

The Fellowships and Awards in Peace and Conflict Studies (PCON) program recognizes and supports outstanding student work in peace and conflict studies with several fellowships and awards.

Human Security Fellowships

Human security and national security should be— and often are—mutually reinforcing. But secure states do not automatically mean secure peoples. Protecting citizens from foreign attack may be a necessary condition for the security of individuals, but it is certainly not a sufficient one. Indeed, during the last 100 years, far more people have been killed by their own governments than by foreign armies.

-The Human Security Report (2005)

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, and the assistance of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) — co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize — Colgate’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program offers annual Student Summer Fellowships in Peace and Human Security.

Each summer, the ICBL hosts a number of Colgate Fellows for 10 weeks at international offices in Geneva, Paris, and Ottawa. The Human Security Fellows generally work on the preparation of treaty compliance documents, reviewing the performance of the various states that are signatories to the International Landmine Ban Treaty of 1995. The fellowship is open to Colgate students in any class year (including graduating seniors), in any department. An announcement for the fellowship — including information about additional eligibility requirements and application procedures — appear in the Colgate Maroon News and other news sites in September of each year.


The Dag Hammarskjöld Prize in Peace and Conflict Studies
Awarded by the program to the stu­dent chosen by the peace and conflict studies advisory committee from among students having taken at least two courses in peace and conflict studies. It is given on the basis of outstanding work in the program and usually judged on one specific written work.

The Sterling Prize
Established in 1988 by classmates, family, and friends in honor of John F. (Jay) Sterling ’68, to recognize excellence in international studies and a personal commit­ment to peaceful cooperation among nations. The prize is awarded annually to a Colgate student whose academic work in international econom­ics, politics, or culture exemplifies Jay Sterling’s spirit of endless curiosity, university interest, and constructive work.

The Clarence Young Award
Awarded by the pro­gram using funds established by wife Virginia B. Young and brother Burton O. Young in memory of Clarence W. Young, a member of the psychol­ogy department from 1929 to 1971. Established as an award for academic excellence in peace and conflict studies.