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Application Extension: Columbia University Summer Program on Religious Violence (Deadline: April 1, 2012)

Application Extension: Columbia University Summer Program on Religious Violence (Deadline: April 1, 2012)

The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative at Columbia University is extending the application deadline for its summer research program on the History and Future of Religious Violence and Apocalyptic Movements. The new application deadline is Sunday April 1, 2012.

The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative

The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative is a unique research program that employs historical analysis to confront present and future problems in world politics. Each summer, invited experts and select students gather at Columbia University for twelve weeks of intensive study, independent research, and collaborative writing on a critical issue in international affairs.

Summer 2012: Religious Violence and Apocalyptic Movements

The 2012 Hertog Global Strategy Initiative will be taught by Matthew Connelly, Professor of History at Columbia University, and Monica Toft, director of the Belfer Center’s Initiative on Religion in International Affairs at Harvard University. They will be assisted in the classroom by a number of experts in the field, including, R. Scott Appleby, Peter Bergen, William J. Bratton, Harvey G. Cox, Jr., Martha Crenshaw, Ed Husain, Mark Juergensmeyer, David Kilcullen, Nina Shea, Jessica Stern, and Zachary Tumin.

The seminar begins with two weeks of “total immersion” training on global religious violence. Following, there are seven weeks during which students conduct original research and collaborate on team projects. The class reconvenes in the first week of August for students to present their research and participate in a crisis simulation exercise. Participants then have several weeks to write an article-length paper based on their summer research.


The program considers Undergraduates, Graduate Students and Mid-Career professionals from history and a variety of other disciplines.

How to Apply

Fill out our online form at and attach your CV and an essay based on this year’s prompt. Please arrange to have your transcript and one letter of recommendation emailed to

Additional Information

Dates: The program will run from May 29 through August 23, with the option of participating remotely following August 2. 
Credits: Students taking the course for credit will receive eight points, the equivalent of two semester-long courses at Columbia. 
Tuition: The price of tuition for the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative Seminar is set by Columbia’s Office of Continuing Education. Last year tuition was $1,330 for each point of the 8-point seminar, plus fees. Students should expect a modest increase in the summer of 2012. More information on tuition can be found on the Summer Sessions webpage:
Scholarships and Financial Aid: Outstanding undergraduate applicants may be eligible to receive merit scholarships that cover a large portion of the seminar’s tuition. Some graduate students may be eligible for tuition exemption and a research stipend.

To learn more about the program, visit

Please direct any further questions to or 212-854-9854



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