Peace First Fellowships provide $25,000 two-year awards to young leaders whose work and ideas demonstrate tangible youth peacemaking, a term Peace First defines as “the creative process of engaging with others to make positive and lasting change” in response to injustice in their schools, neighborhoods, and communities.
Fellowship awards may be used to contribute to the recipient’s educational and professional development, and/or to support the recipient’s ongoing community work. Fellows also receive mentoring and professional development support, and they are expected to be ambassadors of Peace First in various official and unofficial capacities.
Applicants must be legal residents of the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 22 on January 1 in the year of application, and must have records of significant engagement toward positive change in their communities. All candidates must apply for Peace First Prizes, which provide smaller awards for similar pursuits; the sponsor selects finalists from this applicant pool for consideration as Peace First Fellows.