USIP Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship Program 2021/2022 ($20,000 per academic year)

Application Deadline: September 23, 2020

USIP’s 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 332 young scholars, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in research, higher education, and policy making.

This program partners with the Minerva Research Initiative to support additional fellowships relating to topics on peace and security studies. Currently, the program awards up to 20 scholarships per year, and awards support both research and writing stages of work on dissertations.

Applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in the field of international relations, peace and conflict studies and other related academic disciplines, as well as diplomacy and international policy-making, are strongly encouraged.


  • Please note that the Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship program does not support pre-dissertation level graduate work. Doctoral students in non-U.S. based universities are not eligible.
  • The fellowships cannot support research focused on U.S. domestic issues, however, research on U.S. foreign policy may be eligible for support.
  • Fellowships will not be awarded for dissertation projects that constitute policymaking for a government agency or private organization, focus to any substantial degree on conflicts within U.S. domestic society, or adopt a partisan, advocacy, or activist stance.

Terms of Award

  • Peace Scholars are awarded stipends of up to $20,000 per academic year. Awards are paid directly to the individual in three tranches. A Peace Scholar Fellowship award may not be deferred to another year, nor can it be combined with any other residential award or fellowship except with the written approval of USIP. If written approval from USIP is granted, $30,000 is the maximum – combined amount from all funding sources that a Peace Scholar can receive during their tenure.
  • Peace Scholars carry out their fellowship work at their universities or other sites appropriate to their research. Peace Scholars are expected to devote full attention to their work and provide three progress reports to USIP. Peace Scholars are expected to participate in the annual Peace Scholar Workshop each Fall. Peace Scholars may also be asked to participate in online discussions with the Peace Scholar cohort and USIP experts.
  • Upon completion of their dissertation, Peace Scholars are REQUIRED to submit a copy to USIP. In addition, USIP requests the submission of other publications, including articles and books, resulting from the Fellowship.

Application Process:


All applications must be submitted through the FLUXX system. On the application form please indicate the funding source for which you would like to be considered: (1) the USIP Peace Scholar Fellowship only; (2) Minerva Research Initiative Peace and Security Fellowship only; or (3) no preference. 

  • Both fellowship opportunities have the same application form, deadline, award amount, and selection process; the only difference between the USIP and Minerva Fellowships is the source of funding. 
  • Two letters of recommendation must be attached to your application in the FLUXX system. One letter must be from your dissertation advisor and the other from a current professor.


  • Registration for the 2021-22 Peace Scholar competition opens on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 and closes on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
  • Completed applications and two letters of recommendation must be submitted by Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Any applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered for this competition.
  • Please carefully review your application before submitting. Once an application is submitted, it can no longer be accessed or revised.

Please note: The application system works best when using Google Chrome as your web browser. If you are experiencing issues with the application system, please email [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the USIP Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship Program 2021/2022


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