October 13, 2016

Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships in USA Universities for Graduate Scholars Worldwide

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program

Course(s) Offered: Any discipline (Peace building, Conflict management)
Course Level: Graduate (Phd, fellowship)
Provider: United States Institute of Peace
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is delighted to announce that the Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship program is being continued this year.

USIP’s Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace awards non-residential Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities and who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding.

Fellowships are open to citizens of any country. Dissertation projects in all disciplines are welcome.

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.

Each awardee of a 2017-2018 Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship will be required to submit a short (2-5 pp) report on his or her research topic and the work completed during the fellowship year by May 31 of the fellowship year. The report should be written in a style that policy makers and the informed public can understand. The new requirement is a response to interest in the work of the Peace Scholars and how their dissertation topics can contribute to international peace and conflict management.

Selection Criteria:
Selection of fellowship candidates is based on the following criteria: Project Significance, Policy and/or practitioner relevance, Project Design, and Potential as a Peace Scholar. For detailed criteria, visit the official website (link is below).

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries are eligible to apply

Participating Institutions
All accredited universities and institutions of higher learning in the United States. Peace Scholars carry out their fellowship work at their universities or other sites appropriate to their research. They are expected to devote full attention to their work and provide periodic reports to the Institute.

Fields of study
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.

Number of awards
Each year the program awards approximately ten Peace Scholar Fellowships. Beginning in 2015, the program will award 4-7 Peace Scholar Fellowships

Sponsorship duration
Fellowships last for 10 months, starting in September

Scholarship benefits
Awards are currently set at $20,000 for 10 months and are paid directly to the individual. Peace Scholar Awards may not be deferred. They generally may not be combined with any other major award or fellowship except in special circumstances and with the written approval of the Institute.

Method of Application
There is no single formula for preparing a sound proposal. However, many successful applications for USIP Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowships have certain elements in common. For this, read the "Components of a Successful Proposal" on the official website. Be sure to provide contact information (address, email and telephone) of your three referees. Referees should not be related to you and should have direct and recent knowledge of your qualifications, activities, and character. No hard copies of reference letters, please.

It is important to read the "Components of a Successful Proposal" for insights on how to make your application as strong as possible and also to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this fellowship award.

The 2017-2018 Peace Scholarship Application opened in June. The deadline for 2016 will be on Tuesday, November 22, at 6:00 [18:00] pm EST.

You are responsible for making sure that your reference letters are submitted and posted by the deadline for letters (one week after the application deadline)! You can check on your letters while you are working on your application as well as after you have submitted it by signing into Webgrants and looking at the References section of your application. It is a good idea to let your referees know that the letters posted successfully, too. Please do not write to USIP Fellowship staff to ask about your letters or to ask staff to contact your referees on your behalf.

Application Deadline: 22 November 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

Further Scholarship Information and Application

Related: PhD Scholarships in Different Countries for International Applicants

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