About the Fellowship

The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS), Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) were pleased to announce the Peace & Conflict Fellowship. The semester-long fellowship, which spanned February – April 2019, provided a select group of eight AUIS students with skills and experience in conflict and peace-building. The fellowship included three components:

1) Master Classes: Four master class seminars were given by experts in conflict and peace-building, addressing the following four themes: (1) Conflict analysis; (2) Peace-building strategies; (3) Post-Conflict Stabilization; (4) Substate Forces and Governance Challenges.

2) Reporting & Presentations: Fellows produced a policy brief (1000 words) on the themes addressed in the masterclasses, using GPPi case studies as the base source material in addition to desktop research on the current situation. The papers were peer-reviewed by a panel of three scholars, and the top paper writers allowed an IRIS public lecture on their report. Those of high quality were also be published on the IRIS and/or GPPi websites.

3) NGO Career Day: The fellowship involved a one-day trip to Erbil to visit heads of NGOs working in the fields of conflict, peace-building, and security. The purpose of the trip was to expose fellows to the career trajectories of security and peace-building practitioners. Funding This inaugural Peace and Conflict Fellows program was supported as part of a larger, three-year project that aims to increase empirical research, knowledge-sharing, and policy solutions surrounding local and substate forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. The Netherlands Organisation provided funding for Scientific Research.



The Peace & Conflict Fellowship is supported by Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), and Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and hosted by the Institute for Regional and International Studies at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani.