Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program

Deadline Date: 
Now Open!

USIP’s Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace awards non-residential Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities and who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding.

Between 1988 and 2016, USIP has awarded scholarships to some 265 pre-doctoral Peace Scholars, whose USIP scholarships supported writing and research for cutting-edge doctoral dissertations on international conflict and peacebuilding.

The 2017-2018 Peace Scholarship Application is now open. The deadline for 2016 will be on Tuesday, November 22, at 6:00 [18:00] pm EST.

Please note that the Peace Scholarship Program has added a new requirement for awardees: each awardee of a 2017-2018 Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship will be required to submit a short (2-5 pp) report on his or her research topic and the work completed during the fellowship year by May 31 of the fellowship year. The report should be written in a style that policy makers and the informed public can understand. The new requirement is a response to interest in the work of the Peace Scholars and how their dissertation topics can contribute to international peace and conflict management.

If you are considering applying to the program next year, please read our Eligibility Requirements and Competition Process and the components of the fellowship application.

More detailed information about the application process and the link to the online application can be found on our "How to Apply" page. In addition, please read our Eligibility Requirements and Competition Process and the components of the fellowship application.  Our Components of a Successful Proposal may give you insights about how to make your application as strong as possible.


  • Former Peace Scholar Lorenzo Vidino (2009-2010) has been appointed the Director of the Program on Extremism at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. The Program’s first report, coauthored by Dr. Vidino and the Program’s Deputy Director, Seamus Hughes, Countering Violent Extremism in America, has just been released and is available on the program’s website.
  • Former Peace Scholar Lori Allen (2004-2005) is currently a Lecturer in Anthropology at SOAS, University of London. Her 2013 book, The Rise and Fall of Human Rights: Cynicism and Politics in Occupied Palestine (Stanford University Press), has won the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology Book Prize.
  • Former Peace Scholar Steven Brooke (2012-2013) has been awarded a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University, after which he will join the Department of Political Science at the University of Louisville.
  • Former Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar (2004-2005) Severine Autesserre has published a new book with Cambridge Press, "Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention".
  • Former Peace Scholar Michelle Bellino (2012-2013) has received her PhD from Harvard University and accepted a teaching position at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
  • Former Peace Scholar Sheena Chestnut Greitens (2011-2012) has been a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University and will become joint the faculty at the University of Missouri in Fall 2014.