Fletcher Summer Institute 2015 in Massachusetts, USA

Deadline:  16 February 2015
Open to: journalists, policy analysts, civil society leaders, activists, scholars, and educators
Venue: June 7-12, 2015, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


The Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI) is the leading executive education program in the world focusing on the advanced, interdisciplinary study of civil resistance.

Civil resistance campaigns for rights, freedom, and justice are capturing the world’s attention as never before. Campaigns to protect democracy in Hong Kong, for women’s rights in India, for indigenous rights in Latin America, for police accountability in the United States, against violence in Mexico, against corruption in Cambodia, against growing autocracy in Ukraine and against dictatorship in Burkina Faso are all examples in the last year of a profound global shift in how political power is developed and applied.

Since 2006, over 400 participants from more than 90 countries have gathered at FSI to learn and share knowledge. The program is taught by leading international scholars, practitioners, organizers and activists from past and current struggles. It provides both a firm academic grasp of the subject of civil resistance as well as a practical understanding of the use of nonviolent struggle in a variety of conflicts for a wide range of goals.

Organized in conjunction with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, the program offers a certificate in the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict.


Over the last decade, people have increasingly waged civil resistance for rights, freedom, and justice in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania.  Movements struggling for democracy, environmental preservation, anti-corruption initiatives, women’s rights, indigenous rights, labor rights, an end to violent conflict, or other causes are actively shaping societies, nations, and international affairs.
Accordingly it is increasingly important for journalists, policy analysts, civil society leaders, activists, scholars, and educators to understand this phenomenon. Civil resistance movements are not studied in most schools or university programs, are under-recognized in most history books and contemporary news media, and there are widespread misconceptions about what they are and how they work. FSI brings together prominent scholars, experienced veterans of previous civil resistance movements, and well-informed journalists and civil society observers of such events to provide in-depth knowledge.

Costs &Scholarships

ICNC covers food, accommodation, educational materials, and other expenses. Participant registration fees help offset costs of the institute, and are based on a scale ranging from $500 to $2000, depending on the annual budget of the organization or department with which you are affiliated. Please refer to the following scale to determine your registration fee. The figure on the left represents the organizational or department annual budget. The figure on the right represents the respective registration fee.

                      Budget                      Registration fee

$0* – $100,000 USD
 $500 USD
$100,000 – $500,000 USD
 $1000 USD
$500,000 – $1 million USD
 $1500 USD
$1 million USD +
 $2000 USD
*Includes unaffiliated individuals.
The FSI registration fee is the only charge requested. Accommodation, all meals, and learning materials for the entire institute are paid by ICNC. Accommodation is in the dormitories at Tufts University and meals are arranged through Tufts University.
In addition to the FSI registration fee, participants or their sponsoring organizations are expected to cover their own travel expenses to and from Boston, MA. However, if an applicant or sponsoring organization cannot afford to pay these costs, need-based scholarships are available and can be applied for in your FSI application.



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In order to apply, register HERE.

The application deadline is February 16, 2015.

All questions regarding this year’s Fletcher Summer Institute should be directed to fsi@nonviolent-conflict.org

The official web-page.

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