USIP Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship Program 2021-2022 (up to $20,000)

USIP Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship Program 2021-2022 (up to $20,000)

Deadline: September 23, 2020

Applications are open for the USIP Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship Program 2021-2022. The USIP Peace Scholar Fellowship program awards non-residential fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics broadly related to conflict management, peacebuilding and relevant security studies.

Since 1988, the program has supported the dissertations of 332 young scholars, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in research, higher education, and policy making. Peace Scholar Fellowships are for a period of ten months, beginning in September and ending the following June.


  • Peace Scholars are awarded stipends of up to $20,000 per academic year. Awards are paid directly to the individual in three tranches.


  • Citizens of any country enrolled in accredited U.S. universities may apply for the Fellowship.
  • Applicants whose research has broader implications for the peacebuilding field and relevance to policy and/or practice are encouraged to apply. Additionally, outstanding applications that contribute to the general knowledge of the field by either testing or developing theories are welcomed.
  • The program does not support pre-dissertation level graduate work.
  • Doctoral students in non-U.S. based universities are not eligible.
  • The fellowships cannot support research focused on U.S. domestic issues, however, research on U.S. foreign policy may be eligible for support.
  • Fellowships will not be awarded for dissertation projects that constitute policymaking for a government agency or private organization, focus to any substantial degree on conflicts within U.S. domestic society, or adopt a partisan, advocacy, or activist stance.

Terms of the Award

  • A Peace Scholar Fellowship award may not be deferred to another year, nor can it be combined with any other residential award or fellowship except with the written approval of USIP. If written approval from USIP is granted, $30,000 is the maximum combined amount from all funding sources that a Peace Scholar can receive during their tenure.
  • Peace Scholars carry out their fellowship work at their universities or other sites appropriate to their research. Peace Scholars are expected to devote full attention to their work and provide three progress reports to USIP. Peace Scholars are expected to participate in the annual Peace Scholar Workshop each Fall. Peace Scholars may also be asked to participate in online discussions with the Peace Scholar cohort and USIP experts.
  • Upon completion of their dissertation, Peace Scholars are REQUIRED to submit a copy to USIP. In addition, USIP requests the submission of other publications, including articles and books, resulting from the Fellowship.


All applications must be submitted through the FLUXX system. On the application form please indicate the funding source for which you would like to be considered: the USIP Peace Scholar Fellowship; Minerva Research Initiative Peace and Security Fellowship; or no preference.

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For more information, visit USIP.