PON Summer Fellowship Program

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PON offers fellowship grants to students at Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University and other Boston-area schools who are doing internships or undertaking summer research projects in negotiation and dispute resolution in partnership with public, non-profit or academic organizations. The Summer Fellowship Program’s emphasis is on advancing the links between scholarship and practice in negotiation and dispute resolution by supporting students interested in exploring career paths, either professional or academic, in this field. Through this program, PON hopes to prepare students to assume leadership positions in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution, to forge new links between our academic community and worldwide organizations involved in the practice of negotiation and dispute resolution, and to encourage students to reach for opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them due to financial constraints.

Eligibility and Funding
PON Summer Fellowship grants are open to all currently enrolled students who will be returning to school the following semester in the Boston-area. Eligible internships and research projects must be unpaid, undertaken in partnership with a public, non-profit or academic organization, and a minimum of eight weeks in duration. Fellowship applicants must have already secured or applied for the position/project for which they are seeking PON Summer Fellowship support. Grants will be dispersed once documentation confirming the internship or project is provided by the host organization or, in the case of research projects, by a supervising faculty member.

The amount of each grant is determined on a case-by-case basis taking into account the cost of travel to, and living expenses in, the student’s placement city and/or country. The maximum grant is $3500. Applicants are encouraged to seek supplementary financial assistance from other sources.

Award Criteria
Note that successful candidates are wholly responsible for all arrangements regarding their placement, including travel arrangements, securing accommodations, obtaining travel visas (if necessary), and ensuring adequate safety and security. If there is a risk of travel to the region in which you intend to carry out your fellowship, PON is not in a position to give accurate and current information but can direct you to appropriate resources such as State Department reports and relevant NGO documents. PON is not in a position to evaluate and can take no responsibility for risks related to travel. Candidates will, as a condition of receiving a grant, be required to sign an acknowledgment of risk and general release.

Application Guidelines

Applications are due Monday, March 21, 2016

The applications shall consist of the following:
1. Cover page
2. Letter from your host organization (internship) or academic supervisor (research)
3. Resume or curriculum vitae
4. Project proposal
5. Budget detailing estimated expenses
6. Letter of recommendation
7. Signed Acknowledgment of Risk and General Release Form (To be provided by PON if/when a fellowship is awarded)

Full instructions available here: 2015 application instructions. An updated document will be posted in early 2016.

Email submission of applications is STRONGLY encouraged.

Complete applications should be sent to:

Attn: Event and Outreach Coordinator
Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
1563 Massachusetts Ave.
Pound Hall 501
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-1684


Fellowship Recipient Requirements
Confirmation of Arrival
Notify PON by letter, e-mail, phone or fax upon arrival at your placement.

Completion of 8-week Term
Barring unforeseen and serious complications, PON expects you to fulfill your Fellowship without major changes or interruptions. You must notify and obtain the permission of PON before making any material changes to your placement plans. If you discover upon arrival that your placement is not consistent with what your host organization promised you, you should contact PON immediately to discuss how to proceed. PON reserves the right to seek reimbursement of grant funds from Fellows who fail to complete their Fellowship as outlined in their application. PON will charge a minimum of 10% and up to a maximum of 100% of the grant for any unauthorized abandonment of or change to a Fellowship.

Written Report
Fellows must submit a 3-5 page (minimum) written report about their internship or project to PON by September 30, 2015. The report should be a thorough reflection on your summer experience, including how your research or internship contributed to negotiation scholarship. Also include details about the nature of your work and its relevance to your academic and professional development. Reports may be posted on the PON website for public consumption.

Questions regarding the PON Summer Fellowship Program should be directed to Ms. Beth Hankes bhankes@law.harvard.edu or (617) 496-5541.

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