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Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship Program

Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship Program in the United States of America

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The United States Institute of Peace calls application for the Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship Program in the United States of America.

USIP’s 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 policymaking.

Awards and Benefits

Peace Scholars are awarded stipends of up to $20,000 per academic year. Awards are paid directly to the individual in three tranches during the ten-month period. 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 fellowship tenure.


  • The Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship 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.


  • Proposals from all disciplines and on a broad range of topics related to peacebuilding, conflict management, and related security studies are welcome.
  • Proposals should be consistent with USIP’s mission and present a research agenda with broader implications to the peacebuilding field as well as potential application to peacebuilding policy and/or practice.
  • To be competitive, applicants must consider the implications of their research on the peacebuilding field.
  • Additionally, applicants should outline the links between their projects and the missions of the U.S. Institute of Peace and/or the Minerva Research Initiative.
  • Applicants should present a persuasive argument on how their research makes a basic or fundamental research contribution to the field and an explanation of how their basic research contributions address key concerns of conflict management and peacebuilding that may include (but are not limited to) security and stability.


All applicants must first register for an account with the USIP FLUXX online application system. After registration, login credentials and instructions for FLUXX will be sent through email to enable applicants to access the online application portal. It may take up to 48 hours to process registration credentials.


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: (1) the USIP Peace Scholar Fellowship only; (2) Minerva Research Initiative Peace and Security Fellowship only; or (3) no preference.

  • Both fellowship opportunities have the same application form, deadline, award amount, and selection process; the only difference between the USIP and Minerva Fellowships is the source of funding.
  • Two letters of recommendation must be attached to your application in the FLUXX system. One letter must be from your dissertation advisor and the other from a current professor.


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline23 September,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerUnited States Institute of Peace
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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