Fellowships at USIP


Established in 1986, USIP’s Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship program has supported research, writing and in-house advising on a wide variety of topics related to peace and violent conflict. The program's more than 320 past fellows have studied everything from the influence of Track Two Diplomacy on U.S.-Russia relations to the effects of oil and other natural resources on prospects for peace.

Since 1988, USIP's Peace Scholar Fellowship program has supported the dissertations of roughly 300 young scholars, most of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in research, teaching and policy making. This annual award program also partners with the Minerva Research Initiative to offer additional pre-doctoral fellowships on peace and security topics.

The Institute also hosts Military Fellows serving in a Senior Service College Fellowship capacity.

Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship Program

The Senior Fellowship program supports targeted research, analysis and writing that is closely integrated with the work of the Institute, with high flexibility in terms of application opportunities.

Fellowship Competition (2021): Reinvigorating Multilateral Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Request for Applications

Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 (Registration must be completed by June 24, 2021)

This Request for Applications seeks research that strengthens our understanding of how multilateral institutions can be reformed to more effectively build and sustain peace. Priority will be given to research which identifies the factors impacting multilateral peacebuilding and conflict prevention and offers concrete recommendations to reform, rebuild, and sustain more effective institutions at the global and regional levels.

Peace Scholar Fellowship Program

The Peace Scholar Fellowship program awards non-residential fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics broadly related to conflict management, peacebuilding and relevant security studies. Since 1988, the program has supported the dissertations of 350 young scholars, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in research, higher education, and policy making.

Affiliated USIP Fellowships

Each year, USIP offers a limited number of additional fellowships focusing on specific issue areas and/or conflict zones to outstanding scholars, policymakers and other professionals who work in areas that advance our understanding of issues central to USIP’s mandate. This includes Military Fellows serving in a Senior Service College Fellowship capacity.