DEAR STUDENTS

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We welcome students from universities internationally, from all disciplines, to join our Ignitor community. Together we can be inspired to use dialogue for positive change.

The vision of this initiative is to provide young, aspiring changemakers around the world with the inspiration and skills to become effective leaders who can proactively use dialogue to prevent conflict, solve problems and build a better world. This is the focus for all activities on the Ignitor platform. Highly aspiring students selected for the Ignitor Fellowship will get the chance to explore this further with close guidance from our coaches during the 18-month duration of the programme.

The best weapon is to sit down and talk.

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The Ignitor platform

The Nobel Peace Center wishes to facilitate young engagement by gathering students from all disciplines and universities from all over the world in our Ignitor platform. The platform will include interesting and inspiring resources for the students, with the aim of inspiring and facilitating the skills the students need to make the change they want to see in the world. We believe that dialogue and engagement are key to becoming the future changemakers.

Students that are active in the platform are referred to as Ignitor students.

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Learn about effective dialogue, and get the tools and inspiration needed to effectuate great things in the world

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Connect with other changemakers in a large, online community of other young aspiring pioneers from around the world

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Connect with our partners for career opportunities

Besides earning points for the Ignitor Fellowship, students have access to various opportunities and prizes through the platform. Events and other Challenges may propose the opportunity to partner with new organizations, attend an exclusive event or meet interesting people. This is on top of the learning experience!

The Ignitor Fellowship

This is a new and exciting extracurricular programme available to students worldwide. Each June, 30 master’s students from universities around the world are invited to Oslo to kick off their 18-month long leadership program in dialogue. The students selected will have been active users of the Ignitor platform and have been nominated to the programme by their university. The opportunities that come with the programme will thus be offered to the most engaged and motivated changemakers from the Ignitor platform.

Students that are admitted to the programme are titled Ignitor Fellows.

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Photo: Bjørnar Øvrebø
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Inspiring lectures and programmes with acknowledged professionals 

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Support and guidance for the Fellow’s master’s thesis

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An opportunity to become part of the Ignitor alumni network for life

Silver medalist

The Ignitor Fellowship is highly selective, but students who are not accepted to the programme will still receive a ‘Silver Medalist’ accolade, as we believe the nomination process itself is an important and valuable journey. This is relevant for Ignitor students that have been part of the candidacy process to become an Ignitor Fellow. The title can be used in future academic and working careers.

The journey from an Ignitor student to an Ignitor Fellow

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Create an account on the platform. We want to know some basic information about you, such as the name of the university you are affiliated with and your own name. Please upload a photo of yourself and make your profile personal! We will explain how you sign up for an account further down this page.

You have to fulfill one of these criteria to be eligible as an Ignitor student (or member of our platform):

  • Be a university student (or student of an equivalent learning institution).
  • Work at one of our partner universities/organizations.

Normally, you have to be admitted to the platform through an application process. However, as we are in a beginning phase of the project, you have the chance to join directly.

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Get engaged! Join the dialogue in our dialogue communities, take part in the challenges we arrange, and follow our events. All students are awarded with points for different types engagement in the platform. 

At this point, you are an Ignitor student.

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Around March each year, the process of selecting Ignitor Fellows kicks off. However, you cannot directly apply for the programme yourself. As a student, you are given the chance to launch your candidacy to be an Ignitor Fellow. This is a way of officially stating your interest in the programme. To actually be reviewed for the position, you have to be nominated by your university.

You have to fulfill these criteria to be eligible as an Ignitor Fellow:

  • Be admitted to a master’s programme at a university (or an equivalent learning institution) starting the same year.
  • Be a student at one of our partner universities. Either starting a master’s degree or as an undergraduate student when applying.

After receiving all candidates for the Ignitor Fellowship, we will develop a shortlist of students for each university based on their points of engagement on the Ignitor platform. Further, the universities will receive a shortlist of their most engaged students and will use this to select their nominees. The universities will forward their nomination(s) to us, and it is out of this pool of students that the final 30 Ignitor Fellows are chosen.

Having fulfilled all these points, but not being admitted to the Ignitor Fellowship, you will be rewarded with the Silver Medalist accolade.

The Ignitor Year

Each year the Ignitor Fellowship follows a set timeline. The admission process starts on February 1st and ends on April 1st. Throughout the year the Ignitor Fellowship holds three challenges, which students applying for the Ignitor Fellowship are highly encouraged to participate in. On 15th May the Ignitor Fellowship will announce which students are eligible to become an Ignitor Fellow. They will be invited to Oslo to start their journey with the programme. 

In December the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize Challenge and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Nomination Challenge will both be invited to attend the Nobel Days in Oslo. Here they will participate in an array of events connected to the Nobel Peace Prize and its laureates.

Pilot phase

Before you sign up, we would like to remind you that the project is at this moment in a pilot phase. We invite students to join our platform to help us shape the future of the Ignitor online community. In this first phase, we open for courses, dialogue communities and a few other functions. We welcome you to join and explore the already available functions, and give us feeedback. 

Click on the button below to sign up for an account on The Ignitor platform! We look forward to engage in dialogue with you, and we hope you will be inspired to make real change.

  • Rockford University
  • Leiden University
  • University of Oslo
  • King’s College London
  • Asian Institute of Technology
  • Western Oregon University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Columbia University
  • University of Amsterdam
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • The London School of Economics
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • VU Amsterdam
  • Cape Town University
  • TU Delft
  • The Hague University
  • University of Cambridge
  • OsloMet
  • BI Norwegian Business School
  • National Autonomus University of Mexico
  • Brown University
  • Lindenwood University
  • Boston University
  • University of Kent

You can read about our official university partners here.