Fellows engage in full-time academic study across a number of disciplines. Peaceworkers have the flexibility to choose from a number of disciplines and programs, allowing them to explore their own academic and professional interests and develop their own approaches to the challenges of social change and development. Applications to the humanities, sciences, technical disciplines and professional schools are equally encouraged.
Acceptance into the Peaceworker Program is contingent upon admission to any graduate program offered by the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) or by one of our current consortium partners. Consortium partner programs include: the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work; Johns Hopkins Institute of Policy Studies; University of Maryland College Park Masters in International Education Policy; and University of Maryland College Park Masters in Community Planning. The availability of fellowships involving degrees at consortium schools changes from year to year. Please call us to confirm that your consortium program choice is available for the current year before applying.
Each Peaceworker will be placed in a part-time (20 hrs./wk.) community service position focused as closely as possible on the area of social concern to which they are drawn. Peaceworker community service placements are diverse, ranging from positions engaged in direct service delivery to others serving indirectly through program design, management, research or evaluation.
We partner with organizations small and large focused upon meeting diverse needs including: literacy and education, youth services, public health, homelessness and poverty, inter-cultural/international services, and community development. Peaceworkers work in these placements serves not only the Greater Baltimore community but also constitutes an opportunity for experiential learning, allowing Fellows to develop practical and professional skills and gain first hand knowledge of the complex social problems confronting the United States and its cities today. Service placements are required for the full two years and are correlated with the Peaceworkers graduate study. Integration of community service and academic learning in the form of traditional topic research, program evaluation, and participatory action research are highly encouraged.
The program includes a number of structured opportunities designed to enable Peaceworkers intellectually and personally to integrate the practical, theoretical and moral dimensions of their experience. Peaceworkers begin the program their first summer by enrolling together in a graduate seminar “Foundations in Ethics and Social Change” that introduces theories and methods of ethics, social change leadership, and urban studies.
Building upon this seminar in subsequent semesters Peaceworkers enroll in a series of four Practicum courses, each guided by a framing topic and core curriculum, but infused with the particular knowledge and experiences of the Peaceworker Fellows themselves. The Practical titles are: “Service, Peacebuilding and the Individual: Ethics, Leadership, and Personal Practice” “Service, Peacebuilding and Society: Social Formation and Social History” “Service, Peacebuilding and Culture: Issues and Intersections” and “Service and Peacebuilding: The Meaning and Role of Religion and Spirituality.” Meetings are interactive and include opportunities for discussing texts and films, but also encourage site visits, experiential learning, and special guest presentations.
Through these three integrated components, Peaceworkers, over the course of two years, develop the theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and reflection tools necessary to understand the structures of deep-rooted social problems, discern authentic possibilities for their solution, and begin to effectively implement them.