Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program

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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 2015, USIP has awarded scholarships to some 255 pre-doctoral Peace Scholars, whose USIP scholarships supported writing and research for cutting-edge doctoral dissertations on international conflict and peacebuilding.

The competition for 2016-2017 scholarships is now open. The deadline will be Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m./18:00 EST. The deadline for letters of reference is slightly less than one week later, Thursday, December 10, 2015. Please read the section in the application on how to submit reference letters carefully.

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.