My Week as Co-Leader of the Future Nobel Laureates Scholarship Program

By Amelia Dietrich, Ph.D.

Amelia Dietrich

I am honored to have spent an inspiring and edifying week in Stockholm, Sweden, as a co-leader of the Future Nobel Laureates Scholarship Program. To change the world, you need to experience it, right? That is the belief that fueled EF College Study and The Forum on Education Abroad to create this program, in partnership with the Nobel Prize Museum, EF’s educational partner.


About the program

The first-of-its-kind, Future Nobel Laureates Scholarship Program calls diverse future leaders from across the globe to participate in:

  • A three-month online project-based course, designed by Dr. David Wick (Middlebury Institute of International Studies) and Dr. Darla K. Deardorff (AIEA) and taught by Dr. Wick with support from Dr. Deardorff
  • An international field study in Sweden led by Dr. Wick and me
  • Participation in the Nobel Week Dialogue

This first trip to Stockholm included both our 2021 and 2022 cohorts (a total of 17 students), as the 2021 trip was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic…until this month.

A packed itinerary filled with opportunity

From December 6-10, 2022, program participants gathered in Stockholm and participated in such impactful activities as:

  • A visit to the Bergh School of Communication for a facilitated workshop focused on “Global Competency: Effective Intercultural Community”
  • Participate in UNESCO Story Circles, facilitated by Dr. Darla Deardorff
  • Attend Nobel Week Dialogues, an annual conference that brings together a select group of the world’s leading scientists, policy makers, and thinkers for a series of thought-provoking sessions

The week’s programming was packed with rich opportunities for the students to connect with each other and with their guest speakers who they had met during the virtual portion of the course to see their work up close.

With gratitude

This program was about people more than place, and these people made it special:

  • David Wick and Darla K. Deardorff, two incredible and inspiring educators who I am honored to have had a front-row seat to see them at work
  • Marissa Lombardi and Melissa Torres, who created the vision for this program and all of our colleagues on The Forum team who worked to make this a reality
  • Christian Meyer, who supported and championed the vision for this program from the outset, Kendall Brostuen, Sara van der Horst, and all of the EF colleagues who worked to bring this program to life.
  • Neda Khezerian and Changers Hub for hosting our 2021 Cohort to learn about how they democratize success in their communities.
  • Pontus Thunblad and his colleague Isaac at the Nobel Prize Museum for a great workshop
  • Camilla Edvinsson at the Stockholm Royal Seaport
  • Maeve Houlihan, Aoife Doherty, and Enda Carroll of University College Dublin, who make it possible for students to receive credit for the program thanks to UCD’s role as School of Record
  • The students, of course!

What a transformative experience to attend the Nobel Week Dialogues, learn from laureates past and present, and spend time with these incredible students and colleagues!

Applications will open again early in the new year; I encourage you to share this opportunity with your students!