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 is USIP’s public education program, which was established in 2011 to extend the Institute’s longstanding educational work to new—especially younger—audiences, introducing them to key concepts and skills in conflict management and to the challenges and importance of peacebuilding.

The Global Peacebuilding Center focuses particularly on engaging the next generation of peacebuilders here in the U.S., working with educators and with students at the middle school and high school levels across the country. We also work with older and younger students, and with international students who visit the U.S. or...

Global Peacebuilding Center