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United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Peace Scholar Fellowship Program, USA 2023

Application is now open for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Peace Scholar Fellowship Program. Interested applicants are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About the United States Institute of Peace(USIP) and Fellowship

The promotion of conflict prevention and resolution internationally is the responsibility of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), an American federal organization. It offers people training in diplomacy, mediation, and other peace-building techniques as well as research, analysis, and training. A national “peace academy” had been proposed for years before the USIP was created in 1984 as a result of Congressional legislation that President Ronald Reagan had signed into law.

Ph.D. students enrolled in U.S. institutions who are writing doctorate dissertations on subjects relevant to conflict management, peacebuilding, and security studies are given non-residential fellowships under the USIP’s Peace Scholar Fellowship program. 408 academics have had their dissertations sponsored by the program since 1988, and many of them have gone on to significant careers in research, higher education, and policymaking.


Additional fellowships are supported through this program’s collaboration with the Minerva Research Initiative. Up to 18 fellowships may now be awarded each year through the program. These fellowships help fund both the research and writing phases of dissertation study.

They especially welcome applications from people who belong to racial and ethnic groups that have historically been underrepresented in fields like international relations, security studies, peace and conflict studies, and other relevant fields of study.

Details about the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Peace Scholar Fellowship Program:

Scholarship Sponsor: United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

Scholarship Value: $20,000

Number of awards: Up to 18

Study level: Postgraduate/Fellowship

Host Institution(s): United States Institute of Peace (USIP)


Up to 18 Peace Scholars may receive funding from USIP for a non-residential, 10-month program. Stipends of up to $20,000 are given to Peace Scholars in three installments, paid directly to the recipient. Awards for Peace Scholars cannot be postponed.

Eligibility Criteria for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Peace Scholar Fellowship Program

USIP is looking for Ph.D. students with high-quality, policy-relevant research that will increase their understanding of conflict management, peacebuilding, and other pertinent security-related subjects to submit applications. Applications that are directly connected to the USIP Issue Areas and/or Minerva Research Initiative research goals are particularly preferred by USIP.

The following areas of suggested study will receive special consideration.*:

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

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

Required Documents

The following sections are included in the application:

  • A confirmation of your eligibility must be a Ph.D. applicant enrolled at a U.S. university.
  • Your personal and contact information
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Bibliography
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Optional links to publications

Application Process for United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Peace Scholar Fellowship Program

Interested and eligible applicants should log in or register for the program. Every year, in the fall of 2024, in Washington, D.C., Peace Scholars must attend an in-person training. To USIP at PeaceScholarFellows@usip.org, the Peace Scholar must send a copy of their finished and committee-approved dissertation.

View the Peace Scholar’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for further details. Send inquiries to PeaceScholarFellows@usip.org if you have any problems using the USIP’s online application system.

On FLUXX, you must submit all supporting documents.

Important Dates

  • Registration opens: on Thursday, September 7, 2023
  • Registration ends: Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 4:00 PM EDT
  • Application deadline: Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 4:00 PM EDT
  • Letters of reference due: Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 4:00 PM EDT

Applications will be chosen based on the quality of the planned study and its ability to address one of the major programs or research objectives stated in the links above, thereby making innovative contributions to the field. Applications won’t be taken into consideration for the competition if they are unrelated to the priorities or problem areas of USIP or the Minerva Research Initiative.

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