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.

USIP’s Global Campus offers dynamic online courses in conflict management and peacebuilding that effectively trains you to prevent and transform violent conflict.

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, as well as preparing individuals and organizations for conflict management in all its phases.

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 ran from 1987-2014. Building upon the legacy of the NPREC, the U.S. Institute of Peace is co-sponsoring the 2016 High School Essay Contest of the American Foreign Service Association, in partnership with Semester at Sea and the National Student Leadership Conference. For information on other contests for high school students, please see our Contests for Students page.

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

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, we are engaging the next generation of...

Global Peacebuilding Center