Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship Program


The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship program awards non-residential fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding. Since 1988, the program has supported the dissertations of roughly 300 young scholars, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in research, teaching and policy making. In evaluating applications, the foundation will accord preference to those projects that could directly inform U.S. policy debates and thinking.



Eligibility Requirements

  • May be used for any phase of work on dissertations.
  • Only doctoral students in U.S.-based institutions may apply.
  • 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.

How to Apply

Applicants must first register for an account on the USIP website. After registration, login credentials will be sent to access the application portalIt can take up to 72 hours to receive these credentials, so applicants should register early.

Applications must be submitted through the Fluxx online application system. On the application form, please indicate the scholarship(s) for which you would like to be considered: the USIP Peace Scholar fellowship only; Minerva Research Initiative Peace and Security fellowship only; or no preference. Both fellowships 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. Three letters of recommendation must be attached to your application in the Fluxx system. One letter must be from the dissertation advisor and two from current professors. 

Registration and application deadlines will be announced when the competition opens in September of each year.

Campus Liaison

Megan Stewart