Cambridge University Reporter

PEO International Peace Scholarships Fund

The International Peace Scholarship Fund is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. An international scholarship program was initiated by PEO in 1949. The PEO International Peace Scholarship Fund was established in 1959. Believing that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding, members of PEO support this program through voluntary contributions. The International Peace Scholarship Fund is administered by a board of three trustees, who are members of PEO, with assistance of personnel at the PEO Executive Office.


An applicant must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study working toward a graduate degree in the college or university of her choice in the United States or Canada. A limited number of undergraduate scholarships are available to students admitted to Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri, which is owned and operated by PEO. Eligibility must be established before application material is sent to applicants. The eligibility material may be requested at any time, but the completed material will be accepted back in the International Peace Scholarship Office, PEO Executive Office, only after 15 August, and before the deadline of 15 December. The deadline for returning application and all related material, except applicant's notice of admission, is 31 January. A student may download the Eligibility Form by visiting our web site at: Click on P.E.O. Projects and go to IPS where you will find the Eligibility Form. There is no electronic filing at this time.

A copy of the applicant's notice of admission, specifying the graduate degree program, must be received by the International Peace Scholarship Fund, PEO Executive Office, by 1 April annually. A student may download the Eligibility Form by visiting our web site: Click on P.E.O. Projects then go to overview of projects and scroll down to IPS where you will find the Eligibility Form. There is no electronic filing at this time.

Amount of Scholarship

The maximum scholarship awarded to a student is $6,000. Lesser amounts may be awarded according to individual needs. There is a two-year cap. Scholarships to students studying in Canadian universities will be paid in Canadian dollars.


PEO International Peace Scholarship awards are not intended to cover all academic or personal expenses. At the time of application, the applicant is required to confirm additional financial resources adequate to meet her estimated expenses. Examples of additional resources are personal and family funds, tuition waivers, work scholarships, teaching assistantships, study grants and other scholarship grants.


A student holding citizenship, or permanent residency, in the United States or Canada is ineligible. Scholarships are not given for research, internships, practical training, or travel. Doctoral students who have completed course work and are working on dissertations only are not eligible as first-time applicants. Doctoral students in medicine or dentistry will be considered only in the final two years of study. In order to qualify for her first scholarship, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining and be enrolled and on campus for the entire school year. A student who has received a scholarship for study at Cottey College can apply for one more Scholarship while in graduate school.

Application procedures

Information concerning the International Peace Scholarship program is available from P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund, PEO Executive Office, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312-2899. Application material will be sent only if satisfactory information establishing eligibility has been received from the applicant. Go to: Click on P.E.O. projects then on overview of Projects and go to IPS where you will find the Eligibility Form. Complete and return to IPS by post.Information concerning admission to Cottey College may be obtained by writing to the Co-ordinator of Admissions, Cottey College, Nevada, Missouri 64772.

Applications will include:

Promise to Return: An applicant must submit a witnessed statement that upon completion of her degree program, she will return immediately to her own country to pursue her professional career. This statement must be signed by both applicant and witness. An applicant selected to receive a scholarship will be required to agree to repay any scholarship moneys received if she fails to return to her own country upon completion of her degree program.

Travel Expense: The applicant must have her round trip or return travel expense guaranteed at the time of application.

Contact Person: An applicant must have a contact person who is a citizen of the United States or Canada, and who will act as her non-academic adviser.

Announcement of Awards

Awards are announced in May. The amount of the scholarship will be divided into two payments to be distributed in August and December.