Fellowship Eligibility

Senior fellows are generally mid- to senior-career level experts in fields related to peace and violent conflict. They may come from a variety of fields, including academia, independent writing and researching, journalism, or peacebuilding operations. Citizens of any country are eligible. Former senior fellows are eligible to reapply for Senior Fellowships four years after their previous Senior Fellowship. Fellowships may not be used to cover tuition or other costs related to obtaining a degree. For information about USIP fellowship support for dissertation research and writing, please visit the Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Program page.

Calls for Applications:

In order to be considered for a USIP’s Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship, prospective fellows must complete an online application form in response to a specific call for application or concept note. Please review the requirements for each individual call for applications, as each opportunity may have different requirements.  

Current Fellowship Opportunities:

USIP Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship 2019 Request for Proposal (RfP)

Duration and Location of Fellowships:

Fellowships last from six to ten months, as specified in a given fellowship opportunity. Fellowships are somewhat flexible and may be adjusted to suit the needs of those designated as fellows. Fellowships are generally in residence at USIP but may include periods of research in the field or time spent with USIP staff on projects in the field. We aim to have fellowships include a period of six months total in residence so that the fellow may be integrated into USIP and both contribute to and benefit from the life of the Institute. Under some circumstances, and to permit flexibility in the design of fellowships, fellowships may be split into segments of several months each.

Fellowship Stipends:

Fellows receive a stipend of $11,500 per month for the duration of the fellowship. Please note that USIP does not offer health benefits, housing or food allowances to senior fellows. One round-trip travel to and from Washington, D.C. will be covered by the Fellowship Program.   

Review of Fellowship Applications:

USIP is committed to reviewing all fellowship applications in a timely, thorough, and rigorous manner. Once USIP has received a full application from a selected applicant, the application undergoes a rigorous, confidential review process by USIP internal staff, external subject matter experts, and organizational peers. USIP’s Board of Directors and Executive Office make the final decision on funding for fellowships.

Further Information:

For information or inquiries, please contact the general email of the fellowship program at jrprogram@usip.org or the contact information included with individual fellowship opportunities as they are posted.