We are excited to announce our third Summer Peacebuilding Program (SPP), a three-week long intensive training program designed to bridge the theory and practice of building peace in societies that are emerging from conflict, violence or war. Learn more about the Summer Peacebuilding Program and the certificate.

In two years, SPP has trained 29 students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. View the blogs to 2015 and 2016 maintained by students. A podcast put together by a participant presents some of the highlights of the three weeks.

The SPP builds on the ‘Peace’ dimension that was explored for two years (2013 and 2014) in the Peace, Trade, and Development program.

Date & Venue

The 2017 program ran from July 24 to August 11, 2017. The first and second week of SPP were held at the MIIS campus in Monterey with a lodging option within walking distance to campus. The third week of SPP was residential at the Mount Madonna Conference Center in Watsonville, CA.


Click here for 2017 SPP Faculty. Dr. Pushpa Iyer, Director of the Center for Conflict Studies and Associate Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS), is the lead coordinator of the SPP.


Admission to the 2017 SPP is now closed.  SPP applications are accepted on a rolling basis (except for Davis UWC scholars), so we review and respond to you two weeks after your application is received. The following was our admission criteria for the 2017 SPP:

(a) Proficiency in the English language

(b) Academic or equivalent work experience

(c) Clear personal and career goals

(d) Ability to meet SPP financial requirements

Program Cost

The SPP program cost, which covers lodging for three weeks, board for week one and all course-related expenses for three weeks was USD 3500 for the 2017 program.

Course Fee for Middlebury College (Vermont) students is USD 3000.

Non-residential course fees for MIIS (Monterey) students are USD 2500.

Students can receive academic credits for the program (paying additional tuition fees as required by their educational institution). MIIS students can receive up to six credits for the SPP (conflict resolution certificate students can also count two credits towards their practice requirement).


There were two types of scholarships available for the 2018 SPP:

  1. An early bird discount. Those applying before midnight on Feb 15, 2017, can take USD 250 off the program cost.
  2. There are two merit scholarships of USD 500 available to highly qualified and deserving candidates. Candidates must send in a letter along with their application addressing the scholarship criteria. Deservedness will be decided using the following criteria:

(a) High GPA/ Strong academic record

(b) Work experience in the field of Conflict Studies

(c) Displays strong motivation to work in the field of Conflict Studies

(d) Financial Constraints

The two scholarships could not be combined. Scholarship decisions were made by March 15, 2017. Scholarships were not available to Middlebury College and MIIS students.

There were a few full scholarships available to Davis-UWC students. Contact us or your local school authorities if you have any questions.

Deadlines & Due Dates

Davis UWC Applicants:

  • Applications Deadline: Feb 15, 2017 (midnight PST)
  • Acceptance Letters emailed: March 1, 2017

All Other Applicants:

  • Applications Deadline: April 15, 2017 (midnight PST)
  • Acceptance Letters emailed: Two weeks after application received
  • Deposit due: On admission (Non-refundable USD 500, to reserve space)
  • Final payment due: May 15, 2017 (midnight PST) (non-refundable)

Contact Information

To contact the SPP, please email ccs@miis.edu.