The groundbreaking International Peacemaking Program was initiated in 2004, and has since brought more than 35 young leaders from countries where there is interreligious conflict for a year of study and peacemaking skill-building. Graduates of the IPP have returned home and are making a real difference in places like Nigeria, Indonesia, Iraq, Pakistan, the Philippines, Iran and India. Through grants from private foundations, communities of faith, and individuals committed to peace, the Seminary offers a limited number of annual IPP scholarships to Christians, Muslims and Jews, which attract qualified, committed candidates from around the world.
In 2014, recognizing both the growing religious diversity and potential for conflict within the United States, and the need for Christian leadership in interfaith engagement in American cities, the Seminary launched, with the generous support of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, an opportunity for American students to participate in the IPP. Hartford Seminary Peacemaking Fellows are seminary students, denominational leaders, and NGO employees with a commitment to peaceful religious coexistence in the American context.
In 2015, the Seminary received scholarship funding from the Plowshares Institute, which for more than 30 years has cultivated global peacemaking through mediation, conflict resolution training and travel seminars. Plowshares Peacemaking Fellows participate in the International Peacemaking Program and are selected from candidates who embody the values of Plowshares, including a deep commitment to apply their new skills and insights to their country or region upon their return. Candidates from South Africa, China and northeast India, areas of particular interest to Plowshares, are especially encouraged to apply.
In 2016, generous donors made possible the inclusion of a scholarship specifically for a Jewish student, either foreign or domestic. This scholarship formally incorporates all three Abrahamic faiths into the International Peacemaking Program.