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International Peacemaking Program


The International Peacemaking Program (IPP) has been Hartford Seminary’s flagship scholarship program for more than fifteen years.  Emerging leaders with undergraduate degrees from the United States and other countries where there is interreligious tension or conflict are invited to apply for one of a limited number of annual IPP scholarships. With long-established expertise in interfaith dialogue, Islamic studies, and Christian-Muslim relations, Hartford Seminary is at the forefront of training leaders for peacemaking between religions.

Fellows in the International Peacemaking Program spend an academic year studying interfaith dialogue, conflict transformation, and leadership skills.  They live in intentionally interfaith housing on campus, spend time in local faith communities, and receive practical skill-building training to enhance their capacity as peacemakers.

Ayanda Nxusani“When I got to the Seminary I was very nervous about interfaith dialogue,  I didn’t know what it was and what it entailed. I knew that I wasn’t biased against the faith other,  but I didn’t know who she/he was.  What this programme has done is introduce me to human beings.  It has normalised the Muslim and the Jew, it has allowed my heart to go far beyond the theological frameworks that separate me and them.  As I prepare to go back to South Africa, I can’t imagine myself ever doing anything else. “

Ayanda Nxusani, South Africa
IPP Graduate

Upon completion of the required 18-credits (6 full courses), all scholarship recipients receive a Graduate Certificate in either Interfaith Dialogue or Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations.  Fellows additionally design a leadership project, to be implemented back in their home country, as part of their program requirements.  The International Peacemaking Program is designed to be completed within one academic year of full-time study, and it is expected that upon completion, participants return home to put new skills and knowledge into practice.

Hartford Seminary’s peacemaking scholarships include tuition, books, travel and housing.

Please click through the menu at the left to learn more about the program.  Contact IPP Coordinator Phoebe Milliken at before you apply.



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