The JR Program for International Peace awards Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are researching and writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding. Proposals should be consistent with the Institute’s mission and present a research agenda with clear relevance to policy issues. Historical topics are appropriate if they promise to shed light on contemporary issues. Area studies projects and single case studies will be competitive if they focus on conflict and its resolution, apply to other regions and cases, or both.  The fellowships last for 10 months, starting in September.

Peace Scholars may be awarded stipends of up to $20,000 per academic year. Awards are paid directly to the individual in three tranches. Peace Scholar fellowships may not be deferred. The Peace Scholar Dissertation fellowship cannot be combined with any other major residential award or fellowship except with the written approval of the Institute. 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. Currently, the program awards up to 18 scholarships per year.


Fellowships are open to citizens of any country and dissertation projects in all disciplines are welcome. Awards support both research and writing stages of work on dissertations.

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