CMM Learning Exchange Fellowship


“The Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) framework does not only offer a new theoretical approach to understanding communication. It can help us understand how communication can be important for social and political emancipation.”

-Wilfried Zoungrana, 2016 Fellow

The CMM Learning Exchange is an annual forum that brings together a diverse community of individuals and groups to focus on and advance individual and collective understanding on communication, as put forth by the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM). This fellowship program supports CMM as a way to address issues of violence, conflict, peace, and sustainability.

The Learning Exchange is offered by the CMM Institute for Personal and Social EvolutionParticipants include scholars and practitioners, educators, students and thought leaders who bring a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. To increase accessibility and increase diversity from the conflict resolution and peacebuilding field, AC4 offers fellowship awards to offset travel expenses.


  • Application for the fellowship is online and will open in Spring 2017. 
  • In 2016, AC4 selected four fellows; each using CMM in their research or practice in the field of conflict resolution or peacebuilding
  • current graduate students or alumni of conflict resolution and peace building from universities around the globe.
  • Fellows may use their financial award to cover transportation to and from the Learning Exchange, accommodation for up to 3 nights, registration, and CMM membership.


  • The fellowship is open to current master’s and doctoral students from all disciplines and schools with focus on conflict resolution, as well as alumni of graduate conflict resolution programs from Columbia University or any other university around the globe.
  • First time applicants are given priority.

Application Process

The following information is required via the online application:

  1. A proposal of no more than 3 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font) describing their study or project, its scope and focus, how CMM was used, and its projected (or actual) impact and/or professional significance. Proposals can be focused on research, practice or applied research;
  2. Estimated budget with itemized costs for travel and accommodations;
  3. A letter of recommendation signed and on institutional letterhead. The letter should be tailored to the applicant’s research or project;
  4. Brief CV or resume (up to 3 pages);
  5. Unofficial transcript from current university or copy of Student ID.

All materials should be submitted using this online application form.

CMM Learning Exchange Information

Check back for updates about the 2017 CMM Learning Exchange. The 2016 CMM Learning Exchange focused on “Embodying CMM: What does this mean to us and how does this manifest in our world?”. The Learning Exchange was offered in partnership with Columbia University and took place in Oracle, Arizona on October 14-17, 2016. Please visit the CMM Institute website for more details.

If you have any questions regarding the AC4 Fellowship for the CMM Learning Exchange, please contact Meredith Smith at