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About the Peace Scholar Fellowship Program

Deadline: Thursday, November 16, 2023

USIP’s Peace Scholar Fellowship program awards non-residential fellowships to PhD candidates enrolled at U.S. universities who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to conflict management, peacebuilding and security studies. Since 1988, the program has supported the dissertations of 408 scholars, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in research, higher education, and policy making.

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The 2024-25 Peace Scholar Fellowship competition is open until Thursday, November 16, 2023, at 4:00pm EDT.

This program partners with the Minerva Research Initiative to support additional fellowships. Currently, the program awards up to 18 fellowships per year, and awards support both research and writing stages of work on dissertations.

2024-2025 Request for Applications

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USIP seeks applications from Ph.D. candidates with high-quality, policy relevant research that will deepen understanding about conflict management, peacebuilding and other applicable security-related studies. USIP strongly prefers applications closely related to the USIP Issue Areas and/or research priorities of the Minerva Research Initiative.

Special consideration will be given to proposed research in the following areas*:

  • Strategic rivalry
  • Global shocks and fragility
  • The American approach to peacebuilding

Applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in the field of international relations, peace and conflict studies, security studies, and other related academic disciplines, as well as diplomacy and international policymaking, are strongly encouraged

*See the USIP FY’24 Congressional Budget Justification for more information about the Institute’s key priorities and initiatives.

Registration and Application Process

Applying for the Peace Scholar Fellowship competition is a two-step process.

REGISTRATION: Please register using USIP’s competition management program FLUXX. All applicants must have registered for this competition even if you have registered previously for another USIP competition.

APPLICATION: After completing the registration, applicants must prepare and submit a complete application in FLUXX. USIP does not provide status updates on submitted applications at any time.

Important Dates

  • Registration opens: Thursday, September 7, 2023
  • Registration closes: Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 4:00PM EDT
  • Application deadline: Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 4:00PM EDT
  • Letters of reference due: Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 4:00PM EDT

Application Requirements

Applications will be selected based on the strength of the proposed research and its potential to make original contributions to the field by addressing one of the key initiatives or research priorities listed in the links above.

Applications that are not relevant to the priorities or issue areas of USIP or the Minerva Research Initiative will not be considered for the competition.

Peace Scholar Fellowship Benefits Details

USIP funds up to 18 Peace Scholars for a 10-month, non-residential fellowship. Peace Scholars receive stipends of up to $20,000 paid directly to the individual in three tranches. Peace Scholar awards may not be deferred.

Peace Scholars are required to participate in an annual workshop, in-person in Washington, D.C. in Fall 2024. The Peace Scholar is required to submit a copy of their completed and committee approved dissertation to USIP at [email protected].

For more information, see the Peace Scholar Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Please direct questions about usage of USIP’s online application system to [email protected]

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