USIP Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Program 2015-16

USIP Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Program 2015-16

Deadline: December 12, 2014

The United States Institute of Peace invites application for the 2014-15 Jennings Randolph (JR) Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program. The Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships awards scholarships to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are researching and writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding.

USIP is dedicated to supporting advanced research from top academics in a variety of fields that contribute to a wider understanding of how to manage conflict and build sustainable peace effectively.

Fellowship Details

Beginning in 2015, the program will award 4-7 Peace Scholar Fellowships. The fellowships last for 10 months, starting in September.


  • Fellowships are open to citizens of any country.
  • Dissertation projects in all disciplines are welcome.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in recognized doctoral programs (for example, Ph.D., S.J.D., Ed.D., Th.D.) in accredited universities in the United States.
  • Successful candidates must have completed all course work and examinations towards their doctoral degrees by the time their fellowships begin.

The application will require three letters of reference.

Selection Criteria

Selection of fellowship candidates is based on the following criteria:

  1. Project Significance. Does the project address an important topic of relevance to the USIP mandate and the field of international peacebuilding and conflict management and analysis?
  2. Policy and/or practitioner relevance. Does the project demonstrate links to policy and practice in the fields of conflict management, conflict analysis and peacebuilding?
  3. Project Design. Is the project soundly conceived? Does it identify a key problem to be analyzed and does it have a clear methodology?
  4. Potential as a Peace Scholar. What is the applicant’s record of achievement and/or leadership potential? What is the applicant’s capacity to benefit from and make professional use of the fellowship experience in subsequent years?

For more information, visit USIP Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Program.