Annual Grant Competition

The Institute is redesigning its grant competitions. During this time, we will not accept applications to the Annual or Priority Grant programs, with the exception of our Afghanistan and Pakistan initiatives.

Since its establishment in 1986, USIP's grantmaking has sought to seed and develop the field of international conflict resolution. The Institute has supported research, education, and training projects undertaken by scholars and peacebuilding practitioners working at academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit agencies both in the United States and around the world. USIP grants have advanced understanding of and promoted impactful projects on themes that span the full life cycle of conflict—from early warning and conflict prevention, to negotiation, mediation and conflict management, to transitional justice, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR), and post-conflict peacebuilding.

USIP grantees have produced groundbreaking work in a variety of fields and disciplines, generating seminal research and incisive policy-oriented solutions, innovative educational and training initiatives, and award winning radio and documentary film programs. These programs have informed policy and touched the lives of both victims of violent conflict and those seeking to end it in conflict zones around the world. USIP grants have also leveraged millions of dollars in funding from other donors.

After almost 30 years, with the study and practice of peacebuilding more fully established, USIP is reexamining its grantmaking role as part of a larger institute-wide strategic planning process.  Given the relatively modest level of its grantmaking resources, the Institute must determine how best to have maximum impact in its efforts to reduce and mitigate violent conflict and meet the needs of the evolving peacebuilding field. The Institute will announce a more fully defined grantmaking concept and process by Spring 2014.

In the interim, if you have comments or thoughts that you wish to share with USIP, please feel free to submit them by email to  Although the Institute may not be able to respond to each email, it very much values input from the community and will take such input into consideration.


Grants PictureCross-cultural dialogue is essential for peacebuilding. Finding innovative approaches to such exchange is at the heart of an initiative called Jerusalem Stories, for which USIP was a primary grantor. | Read More

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USIP-funded grantee, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela has received several awards for her book titled A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Story of Forgiveness (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003). Awards include the 2007 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal; the Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction Writing (called the Pulitzer Prize of South Africa); and the Christopher Award for Adult Non-Fiction in the United States. | Read More (External Link)