Both the fellowships and the seminars are designed to facilitate direct student engagement in real life situations relating to post war conflict management and diplomacy. Through the ACCESS Student Travel Grant Program, students are given funds to support their field research, internships, or involvement in international diplomacy and conflict management programming.
In the past three years, PJTT and IGL have engaged over 50 students in their joint projects. This support has included travel to countries as varied as Colombia, Guatemala, Kosovo, the Philippines, Spain, and Sri Lanka. It has also entailed participation at high-level meetings of the Club of Madrid, PJTT, and the Clinton Global Initiative among others.
Through ACCESS, the IGL and PJTT provide unparalleled opportunities for students and senior international leaders to interact and collaborate on high profile foreign policy challenges. This initiative uniquely facilitates mentoring, research and interaction, thus creating a new and innovative model for experiential learning.
“My early involvement as a student of the Institute for Global Leadership was the launching point of my academic and professional career as it kindled the motivation that brought me into contact with engaging mentors such as those in PJTT’s network….These experiences have lifted the curtains on the complex processes behind peace agreements, negotiations and facilitating change in complicated conflict settings. Throughout my various experiences with PJTT, as both an undergraduate of Institute for Global Leadership and now a young professional with the organization, I have come to appreciate the pivotal role of dedicated individuals in shaping history, despite the strong presence of global institutions and well-intended foreign policy….Thanks to the Project’s global reach, I have worked with and learned from experienced politicians and negotiators who I admire and seek to emulate as I establish my career in international negotiation and diplomacy.”
–Adam Levy, IGL/Tufts 2008
*Full photo caption (top):Father Alec Reid of Northern Ireland; David Ervine, member of the Northern Ireland Assembly and former paramilitary leader; Tom Roberts, community leader and former paramilitary leader in Northern Ireland; and Pedro Echavarria class of 2009 Tufts University.