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The Nobel Peace Center invites universities around the world to support us in our mission of encouraging students to engage in dialogue rather than debate, in order to be the best leaders of the future.

To further promote dialogue, peace, and sustainability, the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo is launching the Ignitor Fellowship to provide dialogue leadership development to master’s degree candidates showing the most promise of making a positive impact on the world today.

To succeed in our endeavours, the Ignitor Fellowship seeks to partner with leading universities worldwide that are interested in accessing the considerable benefits which we see arising from this programme (e.g. talent, research, branding).

Our partner universities

The following universities are official partners of the Ignitor Fellowship. 

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities. We have been at the forefront of knowledge since our founding in 1583 and provide a stimulating working, learning and teaching environment in Scotland’s capital city. We attract the world’s best, from Nobel Prize-winning laureates to future explorers, pioneers and inventors. Nineteen Nobel Laureates have been affiliated with the University of Edinburgh as alumni, faculty members or researchers.


Leiden University

Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is one of the leading international research universities in Europe. The University is the oldest and among the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the Netherlands. Leading international ranking tables consistently place Leiden University among the top 100 universities in the world. It has seven faculties and a campus in both Leiden and The Hague. Sixteen Nobel Laureates are associated with Leiden University.


University of Oslo

The University of Oslo is the oldest university in Norway, founded in 1811. Through knowledge, responsibility and commitment the University aims to contribute to a sustainable future. We have shaped society for over 200 years and are a leading European university. The University promotes independent, pioneering and long-term research and offers outstanding education. We shall strengthen the dialogue with the outside world and contribute to the use of knowledge. The University of Oslo has five associated Nobel Laureates, and the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in the Faculty of Law Atrium between 1947–1989.


University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town is an inclusive and engaged research-intensive African university that inspires creativity through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship; enhancing the lives of its students and staff, advancing a more equitable and sustainable social order and influencing the global higher education landscape. Founded in 1829, it is the oldest higher education institution in South Africa. Five alumni, staff members and researchers associated with the University of Cape Town are recipients of Nobel Prizes.


Rockford University

Rockford University in Illinois was founded in 1847 and is a top regional university in the American Midwest dedicated to providing world-class education. More than 80 majors, minors, and concentrations are offered at Rockford University. The student body is diverse, with a strong sense of community. Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, attended Rockford University, which was known at the time as Rockford Female Seminary.


Frequently Asked Questions for the Ignitor Fellowship

A collection of questions from universities, with reference to the printed presentation of the programme.

Candidates will enroll in the Ignitor Fellowship at the start of their master’s degree, but all students aspiring to pursue post- graduate education are welcome to present their candidacy for the programme. Either while they are undergraduate students at your university or as applicants for a postgraduate degree.

The responsibility of the university is to promote the programme to undergraduate students (and potentially but not necessarily to prospective postgraduate students), then make a final nomination of one or more candidates based on a short list of candidates provided by us. The university will have no particular responsibilities towards the Ignitor Fellow during their post-graduate studies. Candidates will communicate with us directly regarding their master’s thesis and other aspects of the programme.

We will provide the university with a short list of candidates that have demonstrated a serious interest and ability to join the program through various activities, challenges and competitions in the online community for candidates. From this list the university is free to set its own criteria for final nomination, but we emphasize the importance of academic excellence which we will not be able to test or verify in our online community.

Partnership fee is EUR 10,000. For the pilot the fee includes participation for at least one candidate in the Ignitor Fellowship, but the real value of the programme lies in the online community we are building for prospective candidates. This will be an opportunity for every undergraduate student to engage in our community to promote dialogue, peace and sustainability, while at the same time get access to attractive internships, scholarships and other career enhancing activities like networking with other changemakers around the world and participate in guest lectures from Nobel Prize laureates and global leaders in business and politics etc.

Travel to Oslo, accommodation and food. Basically everything, except from personal spending money.
Any undergraduate student aspiring to go on to do a master’s degree should be encouraged to join the nomination process and our online community. We believe students probably will join the community towards the end of their bachelor’s degree, but if they want to join earlier to build their profile and stay engaged over several years they can. However, they will not be on the short list for nomination until they are in the final year of their bachelor’s degree or come in as an applicant for one of your master’s programs.

The online community will be built up over time as the program grows. Initially we will have a small introductory course to dialogue, which every student seeking nomination must take. Here is a list of examples of activities we want to include in the community as it grows:

  • Seminars, dialogues and lectures with prominent speakers.
  • Book and film recommendations, including biographies of Nobel Prize Laureates.
  • Communities/ group discussions on various topics related to the SDGs and other important issues related to society, peace and conflict.
  • Fun quizzes and personality tests.
  • Nomination suggestions for the next Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. 
  • Internship opportunities with NGO and corporations around the world. 
  • Essay competitions and other kinds of challenges posted by corporations and NGOs to solve real problems.
  • Other ways for students to show their engagement in important questions using art, TikTok and social media channels curated by us.

To participate in any of these activities students must log into the community and as they do we will be able to track and reward their activities with points and badges which will strengthen their candidacy for the programme.

This process will be driven by us in the community. We will develop opportunities to earn points based on the various activities we will offer and create a balanced approach to weigh the effort as we see its importance towards a candidacy. For example if a student goes to India to volunteer with the organization of Mother Theresa the student will gain significantly more points than by reading her biography.

Candidates can join the online community at any time until March 2022. However the earlier they join the more time they will have to earn rewards towards their place on the shortlist of candidates for the programme. In April we will make the selection of candidates for the pilot programme based on the nominations from our partner universities. We will select candidates from the nominations with the goal of creating a vibrant, yet diverse group of aspiring changemakers.

The program goes over a period of about 18 months regardless of when the master’s degree starts and finishes. In the northern hemisphere, students will typically be selected in April, come to Oslo for one week in June/ July and start their masters degree in August/ September, alternatively January if they follow the academic year in the southern hemisphere. If students are not starting their masters degree within 6-8 months after they have been selected for the programme, their admission will be deferred. The programme ends with another week in Oslo in December at the time of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

No, we will make a decision on whether to have another intake by the time we make the selection of candidates for the pilot in April 2022.

All students who have joined the nomination process and met the minimum requirements for nomination will receive a diploma from us as a “Silver Medallist”. A distinction will be made for those who were actually nominated for the programme by their university.

Absolutely. Some masters are two years, some are only one year or 18 months. The fellowship is extra-curricular and runs independently of when they finish their master’s degree.

Yes, this will be reviewed on a case by case basis. The main purpose of this criteria is to ensure that the candidate’s focus and career aspirations are in line with the mission of our programme and that the student once graduated can represent the Ignitor Fellowship with a solid standing and know-how in an area related to peace, dialogue or sustainability.

Candidates for the program should embark on their first postgraduate degree. If they are admitted into an integrated PhD programme that admits students with an undergraduate degree they are eligible to join the Ignitor Fellowship.

  • 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.