Since its establishment in 1986, USIP's grantmaking has sought to seed and develop the field of international conflict resolution. The Institute has supported research, education, training 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.

USIP grantees have produced groundbreaking work in a variety of fields and disciplines, generating seminal research and incisive policy-oriented solutions, innovative educational and training initiatives, and award winning radio and documentary film programs. These programs have informed policy and touched the lives of both victims of violent conflict and those seeking to end it in conflict zones around the world. USIP grants increase the breadth, depth, and reach of the Institute’s work and have, over the years, leveraged millions of dollars in funding from other donors.

Current grant programs

Over the past 30 years, the peacebuilding field has matured and consolidated.  It now requires a new, more focused investment in its conceptual and practical development.  Accordingly, the Institute has restructured its grantmaking to fund targeted opportunities to support institutions that test and advance models of peacebuilding practice, and build the capacity of organizations in conflict countries to implement and assess the effectiveness of creative peacebuilding programs and strategies.  

Click here for details about the new grant opportunities now being offered by the Institute – opportunities that reinforce the major threads of USIP’s programmatic work, including the application of new technologies in the service of peace; inclusivity and participation in peace processes; conflict resolution and peace education and training; and the promotion of nonviolent approaches to resolving conflict.


  • American and foreign nonprofit institutions may apply.
  • Funding is not available for degree work (payment of tuition fees or support for M.A. of Ph.D.-related work).  Requests 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.
  • Any application that lists USIP as a collaborator in the project will not be accepted for review.
  • For additional questions regarding eligibility, please contact the appropriate program center at USIP as follows:
  • USIP will 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.

Application Process

To identify the most appropriate grant opportunity, please review the general application process and the specific requirements for each grantmaking initiative .