Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program

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We are delighted to announce that the Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship program, which awards scholarships to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities researching and writing dissertations with clear relevance for policy and practice in the field of international peacebuilding and conflict management, is being continued. The class of 2014-2015 has been selected and an announcement of the winners will be made shortly.

Between 1988 and 2014, USIP awarded scholarships to some 250 pre-doctoral Peace Scholars, whose USIP scholarships supported writing and research for cutting-edge doctoral dissertations on international conflict and peacebuilding.

The 2015-2016 Peace Scholarship Fellowship competition is closed. Our review process is underway and we expect to announce awards by May 12. The competition for 2016-2017 scholarships will open sometime in June. The deadline will be Friday, December 11, 2015, 5:00 p.m.EST.

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.

Additionally, please read our Components of a Successful Proposal for 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.