USIP Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship Program for Doctoral Students ($20,000 Award)

Competition Scholarship/Fellowship in Art and Humanities , in Social Science
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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Research
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • No. of Opportunity 20
  • Fields of study Social Sciences And Humanities
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 10 Months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English

Opportunity Description


The applications are currently open for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) 2021/22 Peace Scholar Competition.
USIP’s Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship program grants non-residential fellowships to students enrolled in accredited U.S. universities who are working on doctoral dissertations on topics largely related to conflict management, peacebuilding, and related security studies. Currently, the program offers nearly up to 20 scholarships each year, supporting both the research and writing stages of the dissertation. Also, this program partners with the Minerva Research Initiative to support additional fellowships relating to topics on peace and security studies.

Fellowship details

Registration deadline: 23 September 2020

Completed application deadline: 14 October 2020

Awarding institution: United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

Duration: Ten months

Target group: Doctoral Students at US-Based Universities

Award value

Peace Scholars will receive stipends of up to $20,000 per academic year, which may not be postponed to another year, nor can it be mixed with another residential award or fellowship funding source except with the USIP permission.

Who can submit a proposal?

  • Applications from members of groups traditionally under-previliged in the arena of international relations, peace and conflict studies, and other relevant academic disciplines, as well as diplomacy and international policy-making, are strongly welcome.
  • Pre-dissertation level graduate work is not eligible for support under this program.
  • Ph.D. students in non-U.S. based universities are not qualified.
  • The fellowships cannot COVER research concentrated on U.S. domestic issues; however, research on U.S. foreign policy could be eligible for support. Fellowships will not be available for dissertation projects that constitute policymaking for a government agency or private organization.

Application Topics, Questions, and Scoring Rubric

Application Topics

  • Proposals from all fields and on a wide series of topics pertinent to peacebuilding, conflict management, and related security studies are welcomed. There are many criteria that will strengthen applications:
  • Proposals should be compliant with USIP’s mission and offer a research agenda with broader implications to the peacebuilding;
  • To be competitive, applicants must regard the repercussions of their research on the peacebuilding field. Moreover, applicants have to indicate the relations between their projects and the missions of the U.S. Institute of Peace or/and the Minerva Research Initiative.
  • USIP is looking for proposals that make a contribution to the general understanding of the field by either testing or developing theories.

Evaluation criteria

Applications will be evaluated using the three criteria below:

  1. Contribution
    Is this research groundbreaking or unique, and does it have the capacity to contribute to and enhance the conflict management, peacebuilding, and related security studies fields? Can this research improve understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and/or political drivers that shape the issues in the application?
  2. Relevance
    Are there clear and significant connections between the research and the USIP mission, and/or the Minerva Research Initiative mission? How related is the project to conflict management and peacebuilding policy and practice?

3. Research

To what extent is is this research generalizable, and what are the broader consequences of your project? How predictive are the findings? Does the project reveal lessons learned? Does the project description obviously explain methodologies for how data will be analyzed to test hypotheses? 

Award terms and restrictions

Read the award limitations and conditions HERE.

How to apply?

To apply for a Peace Scholar Fellowship, applicants have to complete a two-step process.

1. Registration

All applicants must first register for an account with the USIP HERE. After that, login credentials and instructions for FLUXX will be sent through email, enabling applicants access to the online application portal. It might take up to 48 hours to process registration credentials. Please register early!

2. Application 

After registrations, applicants must apply via the FLUXX system. On the application form, please choose the funding source for which you wish to be considered: (1) the USIP Peace Scholar Fellowship only; (2) Minerva Research Initiative Peace and Security Fellowship only; or (3) no preference.

  • Applicants must also annex two letters of recommendation to the online application. One letter must be from their dissertation advisor and the other from a present professor.

If you are facing issues with the application system, please email [email protected].

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