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Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship, United States Institute of Peace

USIP-JR Senior Fellowship

The Jennings Randolph (JR) Senior Fellowship provides scholars, policy analysts, policy makers, journalists, and other experts with opportunities to spend time in residence at the Institute, reflecting and writing on pressing international peace and security challenges.
Senior Fellowships usually last for ten months, starting in October, but shorter-term fellowships are also available. Fellowships are open to citizens of any country.
The Institute awards between 10 and 12 fellowships per year.
Priority is given to proposals deemed likely to make timely and significant contributions to the understanding and resolution of ongoing and emerging conflicts and other challenges to international peace and security.
Applications are invited from all disciplines and professions.
Applicants should propose projects with clear policy relevance. Historical topics are appropriate if they promise to shed light on contemporary issues. Area studies projects and single-case studies will be comeptitive if they focus on conflict and its resolution, apply to other regions and cases, or both.
Senior Fellow awards may not be granted for 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.
  • The program attempts to match the recipient’s earned income during the year preceding the fellowships, up to a maximum of $100,000 for 10 months.
  • The Institute will provide coverage of 80% of health premiums for the Fellow and his/her eligible dependents, with a cap of $500 per month.
  • The Institute will also cover travel to and from Washington, D.C., for Fellows and their dependents.
  • Each Fellows is provided with a part-time research assistant during his/her fellowship.
    The Institute does not provide housing in Washington D.C., but it provides information on housing, schools, and daycare.
  • Fellows are expected to be at the Institute and participate in the daily life of the Institute.
  • Fellows are expected to devote full attention to their fellowship work in order to complete their projects within the period of residency.
  • The Institute requires first right of review for manuscripts produced as a result of fellowship support.
  • An Institute fellowship may not be deferred or combined with any other major award.

Duration of Fellowship
Fellowships are usually awarded for 10 months beginning in October. Shorter-term residencies are also available.

Components of a Successful Proposal
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. These elements are outlined in the document attached below.
Read “Components of a Successful Proposal” (.pdf)

For more information: contact the JR Program at


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2010 IREX/WWC Regional Policy Symposium: “Regional Security in Eastern Europe and Eurasia,” Grants Available, Deadline: December 11

IREX, in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Kennan Institute (WWC), is pleased to announce its 2010 Regional Policy Symposium, “Regional Security in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.”

The research symposium, supported by the United States Department of State (Title VIII Program), will bring American junior and senior scholars and members of the policy community together to study and discuss timely issues concerning regional security in Eastern Europe and Eurasia from multi-disciplinary perspectives. Topics may include: economic stability; energy security; nonproliferation; terrorism, trafficking of drugs, weapons and people; among other issues critical to regional security.
Junior scholars will be chosen based on a national competition to present their current research on the topic of the Symposium. Grants will be awarded to approximately ten junior scholars.
The Symposium is scheduled to take place April 6 – 9, 2010 in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and will involve two full days of reviews of current research projects, roundtable discussions, and the development of policy recommendations.

Technical Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are currently residing in the US.
  • Applicants must either be currently enrolled in an MA, MS, MBA, JD, or PhD program or have held a graduate degree for 10 years or less.  Applicants who hold an academic post must be pre-tenure.

Grant Provisions:
  • Round-trip airfare (provided by IREX through its travel office) and/or surface transportation to the symposium site.
  • Meals and accommodations for the duration of the symposium.
Deadline: December 11
To receive more information on the 2010 Regional Policy Symposium, please send e-mail inquiries to

Application materials
are available on the IREX website at:
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