In recognition to lifelong contributions to peace by Professor Abdul Aziz Said, Nonviolence International has started a new program under which interns will receive stipends for their service. This financial aid is provided to perpetuate the legacy of Abdul Aziz Said, who co-founded Nonviolence International in 1989 and devoted his life to inspiring students to promote peace and global understanding. In particular, this scholarship will ensure that international students and those of modest financial means will have an equal opportunity to gain professional experience.
Abdul Aziz Said is a world renowned educator. He is a Syrian-born writer and was a professor of international relations in the School of International Service at American University where he taught for 60 years. He was the first occupant of the endowed Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace; director-emeritus and founder of AU's Center for Global Peace; and founding director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution department at the School of International Service. Professor Said has written or edited over a dozen books and has been published in many journals.
In 1989, he co-founded Nonviolence International with AU adjunct professor Dr. Mubarak Awad and then served on the board for 30+ years. In 2007 he was awarded the first El-Hibri Peace Education Prize. What can’t be captured in this remarkable career is his deep impact on thousands of students through his charismatic and humble character and the countless careers he inspired devoted to a more just and peaceful world.
Nonviolence International has a storied history of promoting nonviolent action, reconciliation and disarmament and is an NGO in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
American University students and graduates will have priority. Internships are for 12 to 14 weeks in the summer, autumn and winter. This internship is based in Washington, DC. Interns must be able to dedicate 15-20 hours per week on average to their assigned work. Each intern will have her/his time split between nonviolence research, non-profit management, and educational outreach. Students must provide a final report evaluating their experience.
Potential donors to this scholarship fund can reach out to Nonviolence International for further information, or send donations by following this link