Education and Training at USIP

About Our Work

The USIP Academy provides a wide range of courses for international affairs practitioners at USIP headquarters, online, and overseas, helping global peacebuilders transform violent conflicts in their communities. The Global Peacebuilding Center is our public education program, which works primarily with middle school and high school students and educators, and focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of the next generation of peacebuilders.

The Academy’s practitioner-oriented courses, held at the USIP headquarters in Washington and elsewhere, prepare professionals for work in and on conflict zones.

The Academy Online is a dynamic global classroom that brings all the strengths of USIP to your fingertips through both self-paced and instructor-led courses.

The Academy's customized courses help prepare government and military personnel, civil society leaders, and NGO and IO staff abroad or those going abroad.

The Academy's fieldwork provides teacher training and curriculum development, training of trainers, dialogue and negotiation training, and other forms of capacity building.

USIP simulations, study guides, books, case studies, and other materials provide numerous resources for teachers, students, policy analysts, and practitioners.

The National Peace Essay Contest is a yearly competition that provides scholarships to high school students. For the past 27 years, the contest has encouraged high school students to explore peacebuilding. Many NPEC winners have gone on to study foreign policy issues in college or have pursued careers in international affairs. Up to 53 winners receive college scholarships and, in 2014, the three national winners were invited to an Awards Program in Washington, D.C.

Global Peacebuilding Center

Global Peacebuilding Center

The Global Peacebuilding Center extends USIP’s educational work to new audiences in new ways. Learn more about the multimedia exhibits, educational programs, and a website with resources and activities at http://www.buildingpeace.org.

We focus mainly on students and educators, and seek to introduce these audiences to key concepts and skills in conflict management, and to the challenges and importance of peacebuilding. Through the onsite experience here at USIP and through the virtual Global Peacebuilding Center at buildingpeace.org, we are engaging the next generation of...

Global Peacebuilding Center