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  • Locations: Oslo, Norway
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Augsburg applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:


What is the Peace Scholars Program?     Peace Scholars 2a

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.  These were joined in 2017 by California State University, Sacramento and University of Hawaii at Manoa. Through an application and interview process, students from Augsburg University, Augustana University (Sioux Falls), California State University, Sacramento, Concordia College (Moorhead), Luther College, Pacific Lutheran University, St. Olaf  College, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa are selected as Peace Scholars and awarded a seven-week academic experience held at The Nansen Dialogue Network in Lillehammer and The University of Oslo International Summer School.  Program Details

The Peace Scholars program is an outgrowth of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, an annual event held in Minneapolis that inspires students and other citizens to become active participants in peacemaking efforts around the world.  Begun in 1988 by a five-college consortium [Augsburg, Augustana (Sioux Falls), Concordia (Moorhead), Luther, and St. Olaf] the Forum is the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s only such program or academic affiliation outside of Norway.

Two students from Augsburg University will be chosen to serve as Peace Scholars in 2018.  Those selected as Peace Scholars will be awarded a seven-week academic experience held at The Nansen Dialogue Network in Lillehammer and The University of Oslo International Summer School.  See more Program Details.

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The Peace Scholars Scholarship Covers:
  • Tuition (6-10 US Semester credit equivalent) at the Oslo International Summer School at the University of Oslo
  • Room and Board
  • Peace Scholars programming prior to Oslo International Summer School
  • Additional scholarship funding to cover airfare may be available for students with high financial need
  • Pell Grant available for eligible students to cover educational costs.

Peace Scholars are expected to cover their round-trip airfare to Oslo as well as their personal expenses.
  • Airfare Round trip MSP > Oslo | $900-$1300
  • Personal expenses | $550 (estimated for entertainment, snacks, laundry, minimal local travel...)


  • Open to full-time sophomore or junior students.
  • Strong academic record
  • Must be able to attend the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum-September 21 and 22 (some pre-programming possible).
  • Available for participation from June 17-August 3, 2018
  • Agree to use of blogs and pictures for further promotion of the program


  • Openness to new ideas and enthusiastic participation
  • Regular blogging throughout time in Norway (at least once a week)
  • Upon returning to your campus, playing a leadership role in peace activities and promoting the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum
  • Presentations to at least two venues during the following year
  • Committing to 5 hours of monthly planning (Sept-April) upon return from Norway in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum | Minneapolis office 
  • Complete this application by February 1
  • If selected complete University of Oslo International Summer School application by March 1. 


Two students from Augsburg University will be chosen to serve as Peace Scholars in 2018.  A faculty/staff committee will review all applications and will select finalists.  Finalists will be interviewed.

Previous Scholars

In 2018, two Peace Scholars chosen from Augsburg were:

Lex Dorfman Profile Photo

Lex Dorfman
Lex Dorfman, who studies religion, Spanish and leadership, takes her Jewish background and the importance of Tikkun Olam (how to be of service to others) into her role as a Peace Scholar. She looks forward to continuing to build on her skills of engaging in and facilitating meaningful dialogue about core values, interfaith issues and the call to service and social justice from across traditions and perspectives. She claims: “The more we share with and understand each other the more we can build bridges, bring holiness and peace into the world.”

Kristian Evans, Profile Photo

Kristian Evans
Kristian Evans is a rising senior studying Political Science and Communication, reaching for a desired career politics, has developed a deep appreciation for the Cedar Riverside neighborhood and the role its diversity plays in our community. As a Peace Scholar he will apply his skills of deep engagement and activism, as well as lessons learned during his fight with cancer, to deepen his understanding of creating change and establish peace. Kristian is interested in peacemaking on the global arena but is also interested in making change locally: “There are countless elements to creating change, even in one’s own backyard, and I am grateful to attend a school that dedicates itself to teaching its students how to do that.”

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.