The Peace and Conflict Studies (PCON) Program recognizes and supports outstanding student work with several fellowships and awards.

Human Security Fellowships

Colgate’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program offers annual Student Summer Fellowships in Peace and Human Security, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. In certain cases, PCON can help place students in internships with relevant nonprofits and NGOs. In other cases, students may petition the program for funding to support a self-identified internship or fellowship opportunity.

PCON students have worked with a range of organizations, including, most recently, the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Students should consult with their PCON advisers or the program director early in the fall semester to identify the most salient summer opportunities and to discuss details of the application process.

Human security and national security should be — and often are — mutually reinforcing. But secure states do not automatically mean secure people. 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)


The Dag Hammarskjöld Prize in Peace and Conflict Studies

Awarded by the program to a student on the basis of outstanding work, usually judged on one specific written work. Selection is made by the Peace and Conflict Studies Advisory Committee from among students having taken at least two courses in the program.

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, this 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

This award is given 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. It was established as an award for academic excellence in peace and conflict studies.