USIPís Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace and the Minerva Research Initiative awards non-residential Peace Scholar Dissertation Scholarships to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are writing or researching doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding (profiles of current and past Peace Scholars and their projects).
USIP and Minerva-funded dissertation scholarships have the same application form, deadline, award amount, and the same selection process. On your application please indicate which scholarship you would like to be considered for: USIP J.R. Scholarship only, Minerva Scholarship only, or no preference. The only difference between these two options is the source of funding.
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.
Selection Criteria for both the USIP and Minerva Scholarships
Applications will be assessed using the five criteria below. Scoring is on a 1 to 5 scale: 1=Not Recommended, 2=Poor, 3=Satisfactory, 4=Good, 5=Outstanding.
* Thesis Clarity
* Topic Significance/Relevance
* Project Design and Implementation
* Scientific & Technical Merit
* Applicantís record of achievement and/or leadership potential
* Applicantís capacity to benefit from and make professional use of the fellowship experience in subsequent years
Peace Scholar Awards are currently set at $20,000 per academic year and are paid directly to the individual.
Scholarships can be used for any phase of work on dissertations. 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 dissertation update reports to the Institute. Peace Scholars will be invited to present their dissertations to experts at the Institute during the annual Peace Scholar conference in the Fall of 2019
Registration for the 2019/2020 Peace Scholar competition is now open and will close on November 4, 2018 at 11 pm EDT.
All completed applications are due on Sunday, November 28, 2018 at 11 pm EDT. The application portal will close at that time and you will no longer be able to access your application.
The application portal works best when using Google Chrome as your browser.
To read more about the application process and access the registration/application portal, go to the fellowship's (scholarship) website.