One Year Academic Certificate in Conflict Transformation - Bursaries Available.

The Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland, together with the St. Mary's University in San Antonio (Texas, USA) are delighted to partner together in a one year, four module course in Conflict Transformation. This innovative course is delivered online (using the blackboard platform) over 9 months and ends with a two-week residential programme meeting each other and engaging with academics and grassroots practitioners and theorists in Corrymeela, on the north coast of Ireland. 

This is the second year of the course. Our first year, just coming to an end, has been a massive success, and we are thrilled to continue the programme. 

If you work at the interface between conflict and community work, please consider applying. We have applicants and participants from all faith practices and none, and we work carefully to learn the best from all traditions of good will, and engage with the contribution of religious voices, civic voices, activists and theorists on matters of peace and dialogue. 

Shona Bell of Corrymeela, lecturing on community dialogue in May 2014. 

Shona Bell of Corrymeela, lecturing on community dialogue in May 2014. 

Our second cohort begins on September 2, 2014. We welcome any applicants with an undergraduate degree to apply. Our current cohort have been sponsored by their places of work to deepen their theoretical knowledge for their ongoing professional peace practice. For our 2014/2015 class, we are thrilled to have four full bursaries (and more to follow). Three of these bursaries are available to any peace practitioner with an undergraduate degree who is from or working within the Baptist tradition worldwide. The fourth bursary is open to any applicant with an undergraduate degree. For our 2013/2014 cohort, we have had students based in Serbia, Pakistan, Kenya, England and the United States. To apply, and discuss available bursaries, contact. Dr. Aaron Tyler.

The full programme is outlined here.

There is an extended article about one of our participants and his work in Kenya in the Spring 2014 magazine from St. Mary's "Gold and Blue", page 21-24. Leah Judge won the Ray Davey Bursary award offered by Corrymeela and there is an article about her work and focus in her project on the Academic Certificate in Conflict Transformation in the Spring 2014 edition of Corrymeela's magazine (page 5). 


The 2013/2014 cohort during lectures at Corrymeela. 

The 2013/2014 cohort during lectures at Corrymeela. 

Corrymeela arose as a faith witness to peace in the developing tensions of Northern Ireland in the 1960s and since that time, through programmes, events at our centre in Ballycastle, and community membership, has been bringing people together for meaningful dialogue about disagreement, politics, religion and division. Corrymeela's mission is: embracing difference, healing division and enabling reconciliation. 


St. Mary’s University, as a Catholic Marianist University (based in San Antonio, Texas, USA) fosters the formation of people in faith and educates leaders for the common good through community, integrated liberal arts and professional education, and academic excellence. The Academic Certificate is taught by Dr. Larry Hufford (Professor of Political Science) and Dr. Aaron Tyler (Chair of International Relations Department).