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Freistat Center offering $50,000 in grants

November  09, 2012

The William Freistat Center for Studies in World Peace has announced grant programs for the 2013-14 academic year at just over $50,000.

The primary purpose of the center and its grant programs is, in the words of William Freistat, "to provide stimulus and opportunity for Augustana students, whatever their major fields of interest, to participate in… the human search for ways to resolve conflict."

This round of funding will support grants for faculty and students next summer and the academic year Sept. 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014. The grant application deadline is Feb. 8, 2013, the last day of winter term classes. Details on the various grants are available at

Fifteen thousand dollars has been set aside to fund faculty research abroad. Research in peace studies or in any area of inquiry that promotes active conflict resolution is appropriate. Such research may take a theoretical form, involving significant historical, social, economic, or political inquiry; or it may take a more practical form, involving real world solutions to real world problems, such as issues involving the health and welfare of a given people or pertaining to environmental integrity or sustainable forms of energy.

More than $35,000 has been set aside to fund three programs for students. The Student-Faculty Fellows Program enables a faculty member to help two students conduct undergraduate research abroad during the summer. The in-country Language and Cultural Enhancement Program allows language students in their second year to experience life abroad with a faculty member in a country appropriate to their area of study. Finally, the longstanding, on-site Intensive Language Study Grants enable students to experience accelerated language study. The summer 2012 and academic year 2012-2013 program, currently being run, is supporting in-country research by Dr. David Arbesu (Spain), Dr. Todd Cleveland (Portugal and Mozambique), Dr. David Ellis (Germany), and Dr. Kim Vivian (France).

Travel awards have been given to Dr. Ann Ericson (Hong Kong), Dr. Peter Kivisto (Argentina), Dr. Mariano Magalhaes (Brazil), and Dr. Eric Stewart (Finland). Additionally, Dr. Magalhaes and students Rachel Lenke and Ellen Lose were awarded a Student-Faculty Fellow on-site undergraduate research grant for studies in Brazil related to the topic of reducing domestic violence in Brazil. Dr. Mari Nagase along with students Trevor Farthing, Taylor Flannigan, Jacob Gaier, Christopher Hildreth, Jacob Morris and Taylor Toohill, spent three weeks in Japan as a part of the in-country Language and Cultural Enhancement Program, and three additional students received support for on-site intensive language study. Erek Bell is in Sweden and Emma Howes and Kailey Falcon are studying Spanish in Ecuador.

For more information regarding Freistat Center grant opportunities, contact Dr. Heidi Storl, William A. Freistat Professor of Studies in World Peace, at (309) 794-7572 or

Established in 1992 by Augustana graduate and Kaiser industries executive William Freistat ’40, the Freistat Chair raises awareness of efforts toward world peace and encourages a stronger emphasis on peace studies within the Augustana curriculum. The Freistat endowment has supported multi-disciplinary involvement in peace studies at Augustana through research, seminars, lectures and other programs aimed at increasing the global awareness and experiences of students.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833