Grant Opportunity: Competition for Conflict Prevention and Peace-building

Dead Line: 24-Jun-2021 Grant / Fellowship Limit: $10,000 to $100,000

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has launched a call for applications for the 2021 Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship Competition: Reinvigorating Multilateral Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding.


The Fellowship is from senior experts who will advance thought leadership and research that strengthens understanding of how multilateral institutions can be reformed to more effectively build and sustain peace.

Priority will be given to research which identifies the factors impacting multilateral peacebuilding and conflict prevention and offers concrete recommendations to reform, rebuild, and sustain more effective institutions at the global and regional levels.

USIP expects to award up to three fellowships related to the thematic questions described above. Each fellowship is for an eight-month period at USIP in Washington, D.C., pending the reopening of its headquarters. Should further complications occur due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fellowship will take place remotely.

Possible Research Questions

  • Multilateral Peacebuilding in a Shifting Global Context: How can multilateral institutions adapt to the shifts in global dynamics described in the Problem Statement to more effectively prevent violent conflict and build and sustain peace? How do global and regional institutions complement each other to prevent and resolve today’s complex conflicts in light of the changing international dynamics described above? Applications should propose research with clear potential to generate recommendations for policymakers and peacebuilders on how to forge more effective international and regional institutions that more successfully build and sustain peace. Excellent applications will demonstrate how research findings will be drawn from rigorous analyses of evidence, especially evidence from priority countries.
  • Local Partnerships and Multilateral Peacebuilding: To what extent has the international system for sustaining peace evolved into a more distributed arrangement—one in which regional and non-state actors play a more significant role in preventing and resolving violent conflict? What has been the impact of this evolution? What are the pathways for harnessing new partnerships and networks to help build more effective multilateral peacebuilding and conflict prevention efforts? To what extent have multilateral reforms led to more productive partnerships? Applications should propose research with clear potential to generate recommendations for policymakers and peacebuilders on how to forge more effective international and regional institutions that more successfully build and sustain peace. Excellent applications will demonstrate how research findings will be drawn from rigorous analyses of evidence, especially evidence from priority countries.

Award Information

  • Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $11,500.
  • The fellowship does not cover housing costs nor health insurance. USIP will cover one round-trip airfare to Washington, D.C. if the headquarters is fully operational. The start date is negotiable for either the Winter or Spring of 2022.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should have demonstrated experience in research, policy and/or practice, and a strong record of scholarship related to international relations, political science, and peace and conflict studies. Applicants will be selected based on their potential to make original contributions to the field by focusing on one of the two questions listed above. USIP values qualitative, quantitative, and participatory research approaches.
  • Priority will be given to proposals that draw evidence from priority countries and regions, including Afghanistan, Burma, CAR, China, Colombia, the Horn of Africa, Iran, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, the Sahel, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Ukraine.

For more information, visit https://www.usip.org/grants-fellowships/fellowships/jennings-randolph-senior-fellowship-competition-2021-reinvigorating

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