Apply now: PRIO Peace Research Course at the International Summer School

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The ISS at the University of Oslo is an academic centre for learning in an international context and a forum for fostering intercultural understanding. The peace research course has been part of the University of Oslo International Summer School since 1969. The course runs from 24 June to 2 August 2024.

PRIO is responsible for the academic syllabus, as well as for teaching and other practical matters. PRIO collaborates with ISS on the peace research course, which provides a general introduction to the field of peace studies, combined with a more focused study of selected areas and themes. The course analyzes violent conflict with a view toward conflict management and resolution. Students learn about the major theoretical and methodological issues within peace research, both as an academic and as an applied research field.

Application deadlines

  • Scholarship application deadline: 15 February
  • Self-financed application deadline: 1 March

Admission is highly competitive, and applicants are required to hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and have a demonstrated interest in peace and conflict issues. Students come from a wide array of countries across the globe and have various backgrounds and experiences. Many are from the field of political and social sciences, and others have a more practical experience in the aid industry.

You can read more about the previous years' course here.

To find out more about the application process, visit the International Summer School website by clicking here.

We are looking forward to welcoming students in Oslo and at PRIO!


Independent – International – Interdisciplinary

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people.


Researchers at PRIO seek to understand the processes that bring societies together or split them apart. We explore how conflicts erupt and how they can be resolved; we investigate how different kinds of violence affect people; and we examine how societies tackle crises – and the threat of crisis. We document general trends, seek to understand processes, and inform concrete responses.

PRIO is committed to academic excellence. We aim to develop theoretical insights, refine research methodologies, and communicate our findings widely. We see this academic excellence as paramount to having a meaningful impact on society.

Research at PRIO is financed on a project basis by a range of scientific and policy-oriented funders. The institute is an independent foundation, international in its orientation, with an extensive network of collaborators worldwide.

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