IALC Wayne Owens Peace Fellowship Program
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC) Wayne Owens
Peace Fellowship Program?
The IALC Wayne Owens Peace Fellowship
Program was implemented during the spring of 1996 to provide scholarly
research and outreach
for both undergraduate and graduate students from the IALC Member
NOTE: Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible
to apply from any of the IALC Member Institutions, or from any of
the Israeli, Jordanian
and Egyptian universities and research institutes approved by the Jewish
National Fund, Jordan's Higher
Council for Science & Technology, and Egypt's
Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, respectively.
The operation of the IALC Peace Fellowship program is contingent
- Who is eligible to receive an IALC Peace Fellowship? All
undergraduate and graduate students from IALC Member
Institutions are eligible to apply. However, undergraduate students
are given priority. See the list of Member
Institutions and/or contact your university's representatives on
the IALC Board of Directors or the
IALC Research and Demonstration Advisory
Committee (RADAC). Graduate students will be evaluated on a case-by-case
- What will I be studying?
First, you should determine a topic that interests you and corresponds
to an IALC-funded
project. Also you should have a general range of dates when you
would like to conduct the Peace Fellowship.
Second, you should contact the IALC
office in Tucson, Arizona, to obtain the most current email address,
fax number, and phone number of the principal investigator. Most projects
in the Middle East have co-investigators in the United States, who
may be contacted if that is easier for you.
Third, you personally should contact (email has worked well) the
principal investigator of the funded project. The principal investigator
of the funded project must be contacted in order to coordinate all
- Where will I be studying?
You are expected to conduct your research in a country other
than your home country.
- How are Peace Fellowship funds provided?
Funds are usually transferred to an IALC Board member at your
institution for management.
- What is provided for me under the IALC Peace Fellowship
An award total of up to $5,000 is available for each
Peace Fellowship. Awards are allocated as follows: up to $3,500 may
be used for international travel, lodging, and meals; and up to $1,500
may be used for principal investigator support. Lodging is arranged
for you, but your Fellowship funds will pay for it. Past experience
has shown student international travel costs for round-trip US to the
Middle East average $1,400 and living expenses average around $1,600
per month. The remainder of the award funds may be used to help support
the student's research project, and for tuition and fees. In-country
supervision is managed by the principal investigator of the research
- What costs will I need to pay?
Most Peace Fellows have incurred limited expenses. Most of the
extra costs are for personal expenses such as gifts, sightseeing, etc.
- Where do I get information on the IALC Peace Fellowship
Program and about the International Arid Lands Consortium?
The quickest way to obtain information on the IALC
and the Peace Fellowship Program is review
this Website. Thereafter, you should contact one of your university's
two IALC Board members. You may also
contact your institution's member of the IALC Research
and Demonstration Advisory Committee (RADAC).
- How do I apply for an IALC Peace Fellowship?
An application must be completed with
a nomination from one of your university's IALC Board
members, so you should meet one of these people as soon as you can.
The application will include the personal essay and nomination statement.
A valid passport is required. Parental support is highly encouraged,
and if you are under 18 years of age, parental permission is required.
- What is the application deadline?
Applications are accepted year-round. However, lead time of at
least 2-3 months is usually needed to process the application and make
the necessary overseas arrangements.
- Do I need to be a full-time student?
Full-time students will be given priority. However, all students
are eligible to apply and will be considered.
- Where do I go, and when do I participate in the IALC Peace Fellowship?
Most U.S. students generally travel to the Middle East, where
most of the overseas projects are conducted. Fellowships are scheduled
usually for about 1 month during the summer. However, the Fellowship
may be for a longer time and conducted during either the fall or spring
semester. The specific dates are determined by the student and the principal
investigator of the project.
- What are my responsibilities during the IALC Peace Fellowship Program?
You are expected to complete a scholarly research or outreach
study. A written report must be submitted to the IALC office in Tucson,
Arizona, within 30 days upon completion of your Fellowship.