WPLP Frequently Asked Questions

I am a woman and very interested in being a part of the Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program. How can I apply?

If you meet all admission requirements (see link below), you are eligible to apply. Please ensure that you meet all requirements before applying; candidates who do not meet required criteria will not be considered. We are not accepting applications at this time. WPLP is currently funded by USAID Kenya East Africa.

WPLP Application Process

What is the time commitment required to participate in WPLP?

Participants must be available for five weeks in May-June 2018, two weeks in January 2019, one week in May 2019, and two days in December 2019. In addition, participants must be able to commit adequate time to completing course requirements. WPLP is an academically rigorous program that involves intensive week-long courses, graduate-level reading and writing requirements, and practical application of course concepts via the design and implementation of a community peacebuilding intervention plan, through which participants actualize their learnings and their leadership skills while bringing about real change in a conflict situation.

Based on EMU’s graduate coursework requirements, participants can expect to spend an average of 45 hours of seat time and 135 hours of outside study time for each of the courses below. Participants will be required to complete an average of 1000 pages of reading and 20 pages of academic writing for each course in the program. Implementation of the intervention plan is expected to require 5-10 hours per week of the participant’s time in the final ten months of the program.

What is the difference between the graduate certificate in conflict transformation and this graduate certificate in peacebuilding leadership?

Both certificates are 15 hours; however, WPLP’s graduate certificate in peacebuilding leadership is specifically designed for women who hold formal or informal positions of leadership in marginalized or conflict-affected communities. WPLP offers several unique courses—including Leadership for Peacebuilding, Mobilizing for Systems Change, and Praxis Seminar—that are not available for students enrolled in the graduate certificate for conflict transformation. WPLP programming also includes mentoring, staff support, and practical application of classroom learnings through the design and implementation of a peacebuilding intervention in participants’ home communities.

Program Overview WPLP Courses

Where does funding come from?

WPLP is a fully grant-funded program. Students will have all program-related costs covered by the generosity of funders. Incidental costs, personal costs incurred while implementing an intervention plan, and health-related costs which occur while participants are in the US or attending in-region courses will not be covered by the program.

In the past, WPLP has been funded by DAI, Bread for the World Germany, IREX, and USAID East Africa. Funding for the 2016 cohort comes from USAID Kenya East Africa.

Does the program only accept women?

Yes. Please check back soon for upcoming programming that accepts various constituency groups, including both women and men.

Learn more about WPLP

Learn more about our unique peacebuilding program below

Results and Testimonials Mentoring Component Program Timeline

WPLP contact information

For more information, contact WPLP staff at wplp@emu.edu.

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