United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Women Building Peace Award 2020 ($10,000 prize)

United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Women Building Peace Award 2020 ($10,000 prize)

Deadline: February 14, 2020

Applications are invited for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Women Building Peace Award 2020. USIP’s Women Building Peace Award represents the Institute’s commitment to highlighting the vital role of individual women who are working every day in fragile or conflict-affected countries or regions in the pursuit of peace.

The award will honor a woman peacebuilder whose substantial and practical contribution to peace is an inspiration and guiding light for future women peacebuilders. Because this award aims to celebrate the often invisible yet essential role that women play in peacebuilding, USIP strongly encourages nominations of individual women who have not been previously recognized for their work in peacebuilding.


  • The awardee will receive $10,000, to be used at the recipient’s discretion, and be recognized at a ceremony in October 2020 at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C.


  • Nominee must be a woman who is at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Nominee must be a non-U.S. citizen working to build peace in a fragile or conflict-affected country or region.
  • Nominee cannot be currently or recently affiliated with USIP. This includes serving as a USIP staff member, contractor, fellow, or grantee within the 24 months before submission, or a former Women Building Peace awardee.

Nomination Guidelines

  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • The nominee should be willing and able to travel to Washington, D.C. for the award program and speak publicly about her work. 
  • The nomination application can be completed by any individual who knows the nominee and her work.
  • Nomination applications must be typed and submitted in English.

Selection Criteria

Nominees should demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Commitment to Peace: A woman whose work exemplifies a commitment to peace by preventing or resolving conflict nonviolently in a fragile or conflict-affected country or region.
  • Exceptional Leadership: A woman who exemplifies exceptional leadership through her vision and innovation, and has earned the respect of her community in the pursuit of peace.
  • Outstanding Practitioner: A woman who is a peacebuilding practitioner and works with members of local, national, or international communities in an inclusive and participatory manner.
  • Substantial Impact: A woman whose peacebuilding work has led to tangible or demonstrable results.


Download the nomination form.

The nomination application, letters of recommendation, and any other documents should be submitted in one email to [email protected]. Please do not send multiple emails regarding one submission.

For more information, visit USIP Women Building Peace Award.