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Peace Scholar Fellowship

Peace Scholar Fellowship Program

The United States Institute of Peace seeks applications from Ph.D. candidates at U.S. colleges and universities 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.

The 2024-25 Peace Scholar Fellowship awards will support both research and writing stages of work on Ph.D. dissertations. Applications from scholars traditionally under-represented in the fields of international relations, peace and conflict studies, security studies, and other related academic disciplines, as well as diplomacy and international policymaking, are strongly encouraged.

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

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

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

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

  • Registration opened: Thursday, September 7, 2023
  • Registration closes: Thursday, November 16, 2023
  • Application deadline: Tuesday, November 28, 2023
  • Letters of reference due: Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Applicants 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.

USIP funds up to 18 Peace Scholars for 10-month, non-residential fellowships. 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. Go to Peace Scholar Fellowship Program | United States Institute of Peace (usip.org) to register and for further information.