Get a $20,000 Stipend in the Get a $20,000 Stipend in the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Peace Scholar Fellowship Program 2022-2023

Are you a PhD student in a university in the US?

Apply for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Peace Scholar Fellowship Program 2022-2023 to receive a stipend of $20,000 for each academic year.

Application Deadline: October 26 2021


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  • Peace Scholar fellows receive a stipend of up to $20,000 for the academic year, paid directly to the fellow in three tranches.


Who may apply for the Peace Scholar fellowship?

  • The competition is open to PhD candidates enrolled in U.S. universities who have successfully completed all of the required classwork and any required comprehensive exams.
  • non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply, however they must be PhD candidates currently enrolled at a U.S. university. Students at international and satellite universities are not eligible.
  • All applicants must be doctoral candidates at the time of application. Master’s students or other students pursuing graduate coursework are not eligible to apply.
  • There is no age requirement for Peace Scholars.
  • This fellowship supports research that deepens our understanding of conflict management, peacebuilding and relevant security studies. Priority will be given to applications closely related to the mission of USIP and/or research priorities of the Minerva Research Initiative.
  • 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.
  • USIP seeks applications from doctoral candidates with high-quality, policy relevant research that will deepen our understanding of conflict management, peacebuilding and other relevant security studies. Priority will be given to applications closely related to the mission of USIP and/ or research priorities of the Minerva Research Initiative.

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Application Instructions

USIP uses the FLUXX Award Application System to manage the Peace Scholar Fellowship competition. All applications and documents related to this competition will be entered and stored in FLUXX’s secure online portal.

Applying to the Peace Scholar competition is a two-step process.

  1. Registering for a FLUXX account

Applicants must first register for a FLUXX account in order to access the application system. 

  • Open the FLUXX registration page at
  • Click “Register for an account” on the right side of the page.
  • Select “Peace Scholars” as the competition type.
  • Indicate whether you would like to be considered for either a USIP-funded Peace Scholar fellowship or a Minerva-funded Peace and Security Fellowship, or no preference.
  • After completing the form, select “Submit Request.”
  • Within 24 business hours, applicants will receive a FLUXX confirmation email containing a username and password.
  • If you do not receive login credentials within 48 business hours, please email
  1. Creating and submitting an application
  • Once an applicant receives login credentials, they may begin the Peace Scholar application.
  • Open the FLUXX application page at
  • Enter the username and password sent in the FLUXX confirmation email.
  • Click “Draft Applications” in the left toolbar to create a blank draft application.
  • Begin entering information in the draft application.
  • FLUXX does not auto-save so be sure to save your work often.
  • Check your work before submitting your application. Once an application has been submitted, it cannot be edited or changed.


Requirements and Conditions 

  • Participate in the annual Peace Scholar Workshop each fall;
  • Submit quarterly dissertation progress reports to be signed by the dissertation advisor;
  • Submit updates for the USIP Peace Scholar newsletter;
  • Participate in virtual roundtable discussions;
  • Submit a copy of the completed dissertation to USIP;
  • Submit copies of any other publications, including articles and books, resulting from the fellowship.

About the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Peace Scholar Fellowship Program

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

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Key Dates and Order of Program

  • Registration for the Peace Scholar competition opens on Tuesday September 14, 2021, and closes at 4:00 PM EDT on Friday October 15, 2021.
  • Applications are due by 4:00 PM EDT on Tuesday October 26, 2021. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Letters of recommendation are due by Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
  • Awards are announced by spring 2022

The Peace Scholar fellowship lasts for 10 months, starting on September 1 of each year, and ending on June 30 of the following year.

Networking And Partnership

  • 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 18 scholarships per year, and awards support both research and writing stages of work on dissertations.

Past Winners

2020-2021 Scholars

  • Dogus Aktan (Peace Scholar)

University of Denver | “Repression Beyond Political Survival: Contentious Mobilizations Against Third Parties.”

  • Elizabeth L. Brannon (USIP-Minerva Peace and Security Scholar)

Michigan State University | “The Role of Women in Former Rebel Parties in Post-Conflict Africa.”

  • Alexandra Chinchilla (USIP-Minerva Peace and Security Scholar)

University of Chicago | “Advisors, Aid, and Arms: Limited Intervention in Conflict.”

  • Silvia Danielak (USIP-Minerva Peace and Security Scholar)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology | “Spatializing Peacebuilding: An Infrastructural Approach to Post-War Violence and Vulnerability in the City.”

  • Yumna Fatima (USIP-Minerva Peace and Security Scholar)

The American University | “Post-Split Violence in Splinter Groups.”

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