USIP’s 2018 China Grant competition will support projects that assess and address the effects of China’s engagement in conflict-affected countries, and China’s impact on the international community’s efforts to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict.
Jerusalem is one of the core issues underlying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and efforts to resolve it. President Trump’s December 2017 recognition of the city as Israel’s capital has sparked controversy given the city’s sensitive status, but the announcement noted that specific boundaries of Israel’s sovereignty in the city remain to be determined via negotiations between the two parties, leaving the city an unresolved final status issue. The city’s prominent role in the conflict derives in large measure from the fact that it plays host to a mixed population of Jews, Muslims and Christians with overlapping attachments to the city and to many of its religious sites, and competing national, religious and historical narratives. Recent proposals to revise Jerusalem’s municipal lines, and questions regarding the relationship between the city government and its Palestinian residents also contribute to ongoing tensions between the city’s inhabitants, and periodic outbursts of violence that serve to set back efforts toward a peaceful resolution to the conflict. USIP seeks to foster thought innovation and deepen the impact of peacebuilding interventions centered on Jerusalem.
Grantmaking at USIP
Since its establishment in 1986, USIP's grantmaking has sought to seed and develop the international conflict resolution and peacebuilding field. The Institute has supported research, education, training, Track Two, unofficial diplomatic initiatives, and other peacebuilding projects, such as mediations and dialogues, undertaken by scholars and practitioners working at academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit agencies both in the United States and around the world. USIP grants have advanced understanding of and promoted impactful projects on themes that span the full life cycle of conflict—from early warning and conflict prevention, to negotiation, mediation and conflict management, to transitional justice, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR), and post-conflict peacebuilding. Over the years, USIP has awarded some 2,200 grants to organizations and institutions located in 46 U.S. states and the District of Columbia and in 87 countries.
The Institute has been proud to support the field of peacebuilding in its initial phases and to seed its intellectual development through seminal studies, such Ashutosh Varshney’s Ethnic Conflict and Civil Life: Hindus and Muslims in India; Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela’s A Human Being Died that Night: A South African Woman Confronts the Legacy of Apartheid: and, I. William Zartman and Guy Olivier Faure’s Engaging Extremists: Trade-offs, Timing and Diplomacy. To raise public awareness of conflict and peace-related issues in the U.S. and globally, USIP has funded documentary films, such as the Emmy-award winning In Rwanda We Say...The Family That Does Not Speak Dies, which explores the Gacaca, a community-based form of participatory justice, State of Fear, winner of the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media and based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and A Force More Powerful, a compelling film that documents the successful use of nonviolent power to overcome oppression and authoritarian rule. These USIP-funded programs and many others have informed policy and touched the lives of both victims of violent conflict and those seeking to end it in conflict zones across the globe. USIP grants have increased the breadth, depth, and reach of the Institute’s work and have, over the years, leveraged millions of dollars in funding from other donors. USIP remains committed to supporting peacebuilding researchers, practitioners and others around the world in their efforts to prevent, manage, and resolve violent conflict and promote sustainable peace.
Over the past 30 years, the peacebuilding field has matured and consolidated. In recent years, USIP has increasingly funded work on more defined themes and activities, and in high priority conflict zones, supporting institutions that test and advance models of peacebuilding practice, and helping build the capacity of local organizations in conflict countries to implement and assess the effectiveness of peacebuilding programs and strategies.
- Nonprofit or public institutions are eligible to apply. USIP does not accept applications from individuals who are not affiliated with an eligible institution.
- Funding is not available for degree work (payment of tuition fees or support for M.A. or Ph.D.-related work). Inquiries for dissertation research support should be directed to USIP’s Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Program.
- Applications that list as participants, consultants, or project personnel members of USIP’s Board of Directors, staff or fellows will not be accepted.
- For additional questions regarding eligibility, please contact the appropriate program center at USIP as follows:
- USIP does not fund grant proposals of a partisan political nature or proposals that would inject the grantee or USIP into the policy processes of the United States government or any foreign government or international organization. In addition, in accord with the United States of Peace Act, Section 1709 (b), USIP will not use political tests or political qualifications in selecting or monitoring any grantees. Projects that lead to policy recommendations for governments, international organizations, or nongovernmental organizations are welcome and encouraged, although such recommendations will be those of the grantee and not USIP.
- USIP does not provide support for the creation of a new organization, construction or maintenance purposes, direct social services, or microenterprise projects, nor does it provide funding to government agencies or to individuals working for government agencies.
- All application materials must be in English unless specified otherwise in the specific call for proposals.
For additional information about eligibility, please review the specific call for proposal and the grants FAQ page.
USIP is committed to reviewing all grant applications in a thorough, rigorous, and expeditious manner. USIP grant competitions generally require applicants to first submit a concept note that briefly outlines their proposed project. All concept notes must be submitted via the Institute’s online grants management system. (Please consult the specific grant opportunity for instructions on how to register on this system.) All concept notes must be submitted by the grant opportunity deadline. USIP staff will review the concept notes and notify applicants as to whether their project idea will be moving ahead in the process. Applicants whose concept notes are selected will be invited to submit a detailed full application. Once USIP has received a completed application, it undergoes a rigorous, confidential review by USIP staff and external subject matter experts. USIP’s Board of Directors makes the final decision on funding for grants.
For additional information regarding current USIP grant opportunities and the application process, please consult the specific grant opportunity guidelines and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.