The Ignitor Fellowship

THE IGNITOR FELLOWSHIP

What is the Ignitor Fellowship?

A group of young female students holding a presentation
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The Ignitor Fellowship is an 18-month global leadership programme with a focus on dialogue for young changemakers. While the number of candidates for the actual fellowship will be very limited and highly selective, we hope to engage a whole world of undergraduate students in joining the Ignitor community, our digital platform where students can participate, learn, engage and build their candidacy for the programme. The selected candidates will work with our partners for their master’s thesis, addressing great challenges related to peace, dialogue and/or sustainability.

 The heart of this whole programme is the notion that dialogue and engagement are key to becoming skilful leaders. Therefore, the selection of the Ignitor Fellows builds heavily on the engagement that students show in the Ignitor platform.

This page will serve as your guide to launch your candidacy for the Ignitor Fellowship, so please read it carefully. The first group of Ignitor Fellows will be accepted into the program in May 2023, and application starts February 2023.

A group of young female students holding a presentation
© Nobel Media. Photo: Clément Morin

What can you expect as an Ignitor Fellow?

Personal mentor on dialogue and leadership
Events, meetings and courses with prominent speakers
A trip to Oslo for the introduction and graduation week
Experience the Nobel Days
Career opportunities
Becoming a part of our global alumni network
Strengthen your dialogue and leadership skills

What do we expect from Ignitor Fellows?

Physically attend the introduction week and graduation in Oslo. No exceptions.
Connect your master's thesis to dialogue, peace and/or sustainability
Be fully present, authentic, vulnerable and kind; Fellows willing to listen to differing points of view with an open mind and heart.
Be enrolled in a master's or postgraduate programme within 6 months after being selected for the Fellowship
Be nominated by your university. Only partner universities of the Ignitor Fellowship are able to nominate students to the programme.
Understand the time commitment – We expect 100% participation and we publish our seminar dates in advance.

Prepare your candidacy

By being active and engaging with the features on the Ignitor platform, you will earn points and badges. The most engaged students, with the highest amount of points, will be included in a shortlist sent to their respective universities. The universities will then nominate students they think are a good fit for the Ignitor Fellowship based on other factors, such as academic achievements. Therefore, to be considered for the Ignitor Fellowship, you must be active on the platform.

To learn more about the platform itself, click here.

The Ignitor Fellowship timeline

Each year, the admission process for the Ignitor Fellowship starts the 1 February and ends on the 1 April. We will announce the 30 selected students on the 15 May. They will then be invited to Oslo for the start of the Fellowship.

In June, the first group of Ignitor Fellows will be invited to Oslo to participate in the introductory bonfire week. Here, the Fellows will get to know each other, the Ignitor team, as well as the Nobel Peace Center. They will be challenged with workshops and cases to inspire, further dialogue and facilitate training. Applicants must be prepared to attend the introduction week in late June, and travel to Oslo a few days before.

The Ignitor Fellowship lasts for 18 months. In the days following the bonfire week, the students will learn the important principles of dialogue and leadership through practical examples demonstrated by prominent leaders, who will also guide the Ignitor Fellows through relevant topics with examples from their own careers. The students will also have the opportunity to attend lectures and events relating to peace-building and dialogue.

At the end of the programme, the students will reconvene in Oslo for a graduation week. This coincides with the Nobel Days in December, giving the students a unique opportunity to experience these events firsthand.

Becoming an Ignitor Fellow

How do I get selected to become a part of the Ignitor Fellowship?

1

Complete your profile on the Ignitor platform. We want to know some basic information about you, including the name of your university and your interests. Please upload a photo of yourself and make your profile personal! We welcome students from all universities and all disciplines!

2

Get engaged! Join the conversation in our dialogue communities, take part in the challenges we arrange, grab the opportunities we offer, and follow our events. All students are awarded points for different types of engagement within the platform. The points you gather will be compared to other students, and will be shown in the shortlist of candidates sent to your respective university for final nomination.

3

On 1 February of each year, the process of selecting Ignitor Fellows kicks off. You cannot directly apply for the Fellowship 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 Fellowship. You do this by filling out the form below. Read all fields carefully to make sure you submit the correct information.

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

  • Hold the Dialogue practitioner badge in the Ignitor platform by finishing the dialogue course. You find this under Courses in your left side menu.
  • Be admitted to a master’s programme at a university (or an equivalent learning institution) starting the same year.
  • Be nominated by your university. Only partner universities of the Ignitor Fellowship are able to nominate students to the programme. You will likely be included in the shortlist to all universities you list in your application. You may list both the university you are graduating from, and the one you have applied to for your master studies.

4

After receiving all candidates for the Ignitor Fellowship, we develop a shortlist of students for each university based on their points of engagement in the Ignitor platform. Further, the universities will receive the shortlist of their most engaged students and will use this to nominate their candidates for the programme. The universities will take other factors, such as academic achievements, into account, and forward their nomination(s) to us. Based on the nominations made by the universities, the final 30 Ignitor Fellows are chosen by the Nobel Peace Center.

Launch your candidacy for the Ignitor Fellowship!

Questions

The mission of this programme is to provide young, aspiring changemakers with the inspiration and skills to become effective leaders who can proactively use dialogue to prevent conflict, solve problems and build a better world.

Each year, the admission process for the Ignitor Fellowship starts the 1 February and ends on the 1 April.

We will announce the 30 selected students on the 15 May. They will then be invited to Oslo for the start of the Fellowship.

If none of your affiliated universities are partners of the Ignitor Fellowship you are still allowed to launch your candidacy. We will attempt to reach a partnership with your university, and incentivize them to nominate engaged students to the Ignitor Fellowship. This will increase your chances of becoming an Ignitor Fellow.

There are no costs associated with the Ignitor Fellowship. 

There are two events you need to travel for, the introductory bonfire week and the graduation week. Both of these events will happen in Oslo and are mandatory for everyone enrolled in the programme.

Applicants must be prepared to attend the introduction week in late June, and travel to Oslo a few days before. At the end of the programme, the students will reconvene in Oslo for a graduation week. This coincides with the Nobel Days in December, giving the students a unique opportunity to experience these events firsthand.

The Ignitor Fellowship lasts for 18 months. In the days following the introductory bonfire week, the students will learn the important principles of dialogue and leadership through practical examples demonstrated by prominent leaders, who will also guide the Ignitor Fellows through relevant topics with examples from their own careers. The students will also have the opportunity to attend lectures and events relating to peace-building and dialogue.

  • 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.