2018-2019 Peace Scholars

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. Between 1988 and 2016, USIP has awarded scholarships to some 265 pre-doctoral Peace Scholars, whose USIP scholarships supported writing and research for cutting-edge doctoral dissertations on international conflict and peacebuilding.

Via a new collaboration, the Minerva Research Initiative now supports about six scholarships per year within this pre-doctoral awards program  as the Minerva-USIP Peace and Security Scholarships. Currently, the Peace Scholarship program awards roughly 12 scholarships per year in total, half as Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarships and half as Minerva-USIP Peace and Security Scholarships. Minerva-USIP scholarships are divided into awards that support field work and awards that support writing; Jennings Randolph Scholarships may be used for any phase of work on dissertations. 

Please note that the Peace Scholarship program does not support pre-dissertation level graduate work, nor are doctoral students in non-US-based universities eligible. U.S. citizenship is not a pre-requisite for an award. The scholarships cannot support research focused on US domestic conflict and peacebuilding; research on U.S. government foreign policies, however, is eligible for support. Applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field of international relations, peace and conflict studies and other related academic disciplines, as well as diplomacy and international policy-making, are strongly encouraged.


In May 2017, 2016-2017 Peace Scholar Ore Koren published a piece of analysis on USIP’s website, “How Drought Escalates Rebel Killings of  Civilians”, as well as a blog post, “Food Access and the Logic of Violence During Civil War”.

Former Peace Scholar Reyko Huang (2011-2012) has published a book based on her dissertation research, The Wartime Origins of Democratization: Civil War, Rebel Governance, and Political Regimes with Cambridge University Press. Reyko is now an Assistant Professor at Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

Former Peace Scholar Sarah Zukerman Daly (2008-2009) has also published a book based on her dissertation research, Organized Violence after Civil War: The Geography of Recruitment in Latin America, also with Cambridge University Press. Sarah is an Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame.

Former Peace Scholar Michelle Bellino (2012-2013), now an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, published a book based on her dissertation, Youth in Postwar Guatemala: Education and Civic Identity in Transition with Rutgers University Press.