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Offer: Call for Applications: HM King Abdullah II of Jordan Generations for Peace Sport and Peacebuilding Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Georgetown

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
HM King Abdullah II of Jordan Generations for Peace Sport and Peacebuilding Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Georgetown University Conflict Resolution Program, Department of Government

The Conflict Resolution Program at Georgetown University is pleased to announce a call for applicants for the HM King Abdullah II of Jordan Generations for Peace, Sport and Peacebuilding Post-Doctoral Fellowship. The fellowship, sponsored by HM King Abdullah II and Generations for Peace, will support innovative research on the intersection of sport and peacebuilding.

Over the past decade, there has been increasing interest in the role of sport in peacebuilding. Numerous initiatives have been established that engage youth in diverse settings in positive engagement; skills building; and dialogue, while addressing the challenges that they face through sports. There is extensive research about the positive impact of participating in sports on the social and intellectual development of youth. Sports, such as soccer and basketball, provide youth with an opportunity to learn the skills of collaboration and teamwork and provide an outlet for positive expression of identity.

While many organizations are pioneering the use of sport in peacebuilding, there is a significant need to provide greater training in the area and conduct applied research regarding the design, implementation, and impact of such programs.

The fellowship is initially for one year, but subject to satisfactory performance renewable for a second year. The fellowship will begin in August 2012.

Candidates will be expected to:
Conduct and publish independent research;
Provide technical assistance to organizations in the field of sport and peacebuilding;
Teach one course per year on sport and peacebuilding in the Georgetown M.A. Program in Conflict Resolution;
Mentor GU students in the field; and
Conduct at least one public talk each semester on sport and conflict.

Candidates for the fellowship will need to focus their research in one of the following areas:
Theory and practice of sports based approaches to individual and collective behavior change in the context of peacebuilding
Measuring the impact or effectiveness of sport and peace building programming
Assessing curriculum and training in sport and peace building
Exploring how to more effectively integrate peace building into sport based programming

Candidates will receive:
A competitive post-doc salary (and benefits);
Funding for field research and conference participation; and
Two research assistants.

Selection Criteria:
Completion of Ph.D. within the past four years;
Demonstrated interest/expertise in youth, sport, and peacebuilding;
Record of previous research/publications
Demonstrated potential to have an impact in the academic and/or policy community

To apply: Applications should include a cover letter, C.V., three letters of recommendation, a research proposal of 8-10 pages, and sample publications. Review of applications will begin November 30, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. Application materials should be addressed as follows:

Ms. Amanda Ruthven, CR Program Coordinator

M.A. Program in Conflict Resolution, Department of Government

Georgetown University
3240 Prospect Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Georgetown University is an equal opportunity, and affirmative action employer.

Background on the Georgetown Conflict Resolution Program: (http://conflictresolution.georgetown.edu)

Using the foundation of Georgetown’s considerable talents in government, psychology, business, law, and international relations, the Conflict Resolution Program has rapidly developed an impressive national and international reputation. Housed in the Department of Government, the two-year multidisciplinary Master of Arts program accepted its first cohort of students in the 2005-2006 academic year. The program currently enrolls about 70 students from around the world. The program is training the next generation of researchers and practitioners with the essential skills and multidisciplinary knowledge to effectively analyze and intervene in the complex conflicts challenging the world. A particular emphasis of the program is on conflict mainstreaming, which helps students integrate conflict resolution into diverse sectoral programming areas such as health, education, youth programming, and environment.

Background on Generations for Peace: (http://www.generationsforpeace.com)

Founded by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan, Generations For Peace (GFP) is a global initiative that contributes to the world’s need for greater tolerance and understanding between conflicting communities; ultimately leading to a demand and desire for peace. Launched in Jordan in April 2007, Generations For Peace uses sport to empower leaders of youth from hostile regions, and to act as agents of change to help instill tolerance; understanding; and ultimately peace.

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