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William F. Freistat Center

Sending students to experience the world

The William F. Freistat Center at Augustana College provides support to encourage the development of peace studies, especially studies of the broader issues of diplomacy, such as justice and fairness.

Our mission is to study historical and present conditions that contribute to violence, the cessation of violence, and the absence of violence. These conditions may occur in widely diverse situations, ranging from disparity and poverty caused by scarce resources, to military conflict, to peaceful coexistence.

In an effort to fulfill our vision, we encourage and support peer-reviewed scholarship, intensive language study, faculty exchange programs, and several faculty-student or student-led research initiatives. We also encourage departments and divisions within the college to intentionally consider integrating peace studies components into their curricula offerings.

The William F. Freistat Center promotes peace studies by encouraging faculty and students to investigate and produce significant scholarship that promotes a more just and stable world.

The center also supports teaching and learning to promote peace in the lives of individuals and harmonious coexistence among local or national communities, and nations. In addition, we support faculty and student research in — and academic exchanges with — Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Grant opportunities

The Freistat Center funds faculty research abroad in areas appropriate to the Freistat vision, such as research in peace studies or in any area of inquiry that promotes active conflict resolution. Such research may take a theoretical form, involving significant historical, social, economic or political inquiry; or it may take a more practical form, involving solutions to real-world problems, such as issues involving the health and welfare of a given people or issues pertaining to environmental integrity or sustainable forms of energy.

Faculty grants cover:
Research worldwide
Research in peace studies
Travel to present research at international conferences
See details about faculty grants

Student grants cover:
Expenses related to the Student-Faulty Fellows Program
Expenses related to the Language and Cultural Enhancement Program
Intensive language study abroad
Travel to present papers at undergraduate and professional conferences
See details about student grants

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 Freistat Center also aims to enhance international and peace studies programs on campus, and will consider specific proposals from all departments and divisions. In the past, it has supported visiting scholars and subvention costs for peer-reviewed publications.

Note: Freistat awards generally are not given in combination with faculty research grants, faculty summer research stipends, new faculty research grants, presidential research grants and sabbatical leave grants.