Jennings Randolph Program

Website: JRP


Thank you for your interest in the Jennings Randolph (JR) Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program! The United States Institute of Peace is dedicated to supporting advanced research from top academics in a variety of fields that contribute to a wider understanding of how to manage conflict and build sustainable peace effectively.

Beginning in 2015, the program will award 4-7 Peace Scholar Fellowships. The fellowships last for 10 months, starting in September. Fellowships are open to citizens of any country and dissertation projects in all disciplines are welcome.

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The JR Program for International Peace awards Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are researching and writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding. Proposals from all disciplines are welcome. Proposals should be consistent with the Institute's mission and present a research agenda with clear relevance to policy issues. Historical topics are appropriate if they promise to shed light on contemporary issues. Area studies projects and single case studies will be competitive if they focus on conflict and its resolution, apply to other regions and cases, or both. Peace Scholar awards may not be made for 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.


Citizens of any country may apply. Applicants must be enrolled in recognized doctoral programs (for example, Ph.D., S.J.D., Ed.D., Th.D.) in accredited universities in the United States. Successful candidates must have completed all course work and examinations towards their doctoral degrees by the time their fellowships begin.

Student Type
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status

Beginning in 2015, the Senior Fellowship program will support targeted research, analysis and writing that is more closely integrated with the work of the Institute, with greater flexibility in terms of application opportunities, than previously. Calls for Concept Notes or applications for fellowships affiliated with specific USIP centers and programs will be issued throughout the year instead of once annually, and can be found on the Fellowship Program webpages, along with application directions and links to appropriate templates.  Senior Fellowships will generally be hosted by USIP Centers, whose staff will also be responsible for determining the themes on which Concept Notes or applications will be requested. Calls for applications or concept notes for fellowship opportunities will be posted on a rolling basis.  For more regarding USIP’s application process, please consult specific fellowship opportunity guidelines and our Fellowship Application Process page.

Contact Information

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