Students

The Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School welcomes students from across the Boston area who are interested in negotiation, mediation, and conflict management. Advancing issues of negotiation is central to our mission of helping individuals become more effective leaders. That’s why we offer students access to expert insights, internship opportunities, funding for research, and more.

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EXPLORE OUR STUDENT RESOURCES
INSIGHTS FROM WORLD-RENOWNED EXPERTS

We host various events throughout the year, including conversations with world leaders, film series, book discussions, and seminars on current negotiation and mediation tactics employed around the globe. For details about upcoming events, click here.

Summer fellowship applications due March 12, 2020.

FUNDING FOR ACADEMIC RESEARCH

PON provides fellowship and grant opportunities to help qualified individuals pursue academic research and projects in the field of negotiation.

Graduate Research Fellowships
Graduate Research Fellowships are designed to encourage young scholars from the social sciences and professional disciplines to pursue theoretical, empirical, and/or applied research in negotiation and dispute resolution. Each fellow receives a $30,000 stipend for one year of dissertation research and writing in negotiation and related topics in alternative dispute resolution. The fellowship also provides full access to PON facilities and Harvard libraries. To learn more, click here.

Summer Fellowships
Summer fellowship grants focus on the connection between scholarship and practice in negotiation and dispute resolution by supporting students interested in exploring career paths, either professional or academic. Summer fellowships provide students at Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, and other Boston-area schools with up to $3,500 for internships or summer research projects in negotiation and dispute resolution in partnership with public, nonprofit, or academic organizations. To apply, click here.

Graduate Student Grants
Our Student Grants program supports cutting-edge research projects in the field of negotiation and conflict resolution at the graduate level. Grants are awarded for specific research projects in amounts of up to $1,000. Students from any Boston-area school may apply. To learn more, click here.

Next Generation Grants
Next Generation Grants support research in negotiation and conflict resolution by nontenured faculty and doctoral students. Faculty and students from any school or department within PON’s interuniversity consortium (Harvard, MIT, Tufts) may apply. Postdoctoral students with formal affiliations to Harvard or one of our consortium schools are also welcome to apply. Doctoral student grants are limited to $5,000; nontenured, tenure-track faculty grants are limited to $10,000. To learn more, click here.

COURSES

PON Seminars
PON runs two semester-length courses designed to increase public awareness and understanding of successful conflict resolution. Programs provide participants with a conceptual framework and practical advice for professional and personal development in dispute resolution.

These courses are open to the public and draw participants from a wide range of disciplines, professional fields, and life experiences.

Harvard Law School Negotiation and Mediation Programs
Harvard Law School offers a number of negotiation and mediation opportunities in addition to the offerings at PON:

The Fog of Victory

Diane Long   •  02/11/2020   •  Filed in Events, student, Students, The Kelman Seminar

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution presents:

The Fog of Victory
A discussion with:

Gabriella Blum
Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights
and Humanitarian Law, Harvard Law School
 
Monday, March 9, 2020
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Pound Hall 100
1563 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA


Free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.
 

About the event:

Though much progress has been made in recent … Read More 

Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump

Diane Long   •  01/29/2020   •  Filed in Events, student, Students, The Kelman Seminar

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution presents:

Do Morals Matter?
Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump
A discussion with:

Joseph Nye
University Distinguished Service Professsor, Emeritus
and former Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
 
Monday, April 20, 2020
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Austin Hall West
1515 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA


Free and open to the public.
 

About the event:

In Do Morals Matter?, Joseph S. Nye, … Read More 

Announcing the 2019-2020 PON Visiting Scholar

PON Staff   •  01/16/2020   •  Filed in Events, Research Projects, Students

Matt Waldman
Visiting Fellow, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
Adviser to the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen
Director of the Center for Empathy in International Affairs
 

Matt Waldman specializes in high-level diplomacy and mediation in armed conflict. He previously served as an adviser to the UN Special Representative for Somalia (2016-2018), the UN Special Envoy for … Read More 

Announcing the November 2019 Graduate Student Grant Awardees

PON Staff   •  01/07/2020   •  Filed in PON Graduate Student Grants, PON Next Generation Grants

Twice yearly the Program on Negotiation runs concurrent grant programs: the Next Generation Grant and Graduate Student Grant. The Next Generation Grant program supports research in negotiation and conflict resolution by non-tenured faculty and doctoral students, and the Graduate Student Grant program encourages supports cutting-edge research at the graduate level.

We wish to announce our latest … Read More 

Announcing the Fall 2019 Next Generation Grant Awardees

PON Staff   •  01/07/2020   •  Filed in PON Next Generation Grants, Students

Twice yearly the Program on Negotiation runs the Next Generation Grant program, which supports research in negotiation and conflict resolution by non-tenured faculty and doctoral students.

We wish to announce our latest grant awardees:

Sean Paul Ashley
Harvard University
Research project: “Fighting Rebels, Killing Civilians: Explaining Mass Killing in Africa. ”

David Sulewski
University of Massachusetts, Boston
Research project: “Humanitarian Corridors: the … Read More 

Negotiating Across Worldviews

Diane Long   •  11/05/2019   •  Filed in Events, student, Students, The Kelman Seminar

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution presents:

Negotiating Across Worldviews
A discussion with:

Jeffery R. Seul
Lecturer on Peace Studies, Harvard Divinity School
Co-chair, Peace Appeal Foundation
Partner, Holland & Knight

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
4:30-6:00 p.m.
CGIS Knafel North, Room K-354
1737 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA


Free and open to the public.
 

About the event:

Leaders and change agents of all kinds must … Read More 

Post-colonial Settlement Strategy: Power, Negotiations, and Territorial Expansion

Diane Long   •  11/01/2019   •  Filed in Events, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI), student, Students

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the Middle East Negotiation Initiative are pleased to present:

Post-colonial Settlement Strategy: Power, Negotiations, and Territorial Expansion
A book talk with:

Ehud Eiran
Associate Professor, School of Political Science, University of Haifa, Israel
 

Moderated by:
Robert Mnookin
Samuel Williston Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Former Chair, Executive Committee, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law … Read More 

Negotiating Equity: Women, Leadership, and Social Transformation

Diane Long   •  10/15/2019   •  Filed in Events, student, Students, The Kelman Seminar

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution presents:

Negotiating Equity: Women, Leadership, and Social Transformation
 
A discussion with:

Dr. Paula Gutlove
Speaker, Teacher, Trainer, and International Consultant on Negotiation, Leadership, and Conflict Management
Deputy Director, Institute for Resource and Security Studies
 
Monday, October 28, 2019
4:30-6:00 p.m.
CGIS South, Room S030
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA


Free and open to the public.
 

About … Read More 

Negotiating and Litigating Discrimination in Israel-Palestine 2019

Diane Long   •  09/25/2019   •  Filed in Events, student, Students, The Kelman Seminar

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution,
the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and the Religion, Conflict and Peace Initiative present:

Negotiating and Litigating Discrimination in
Israel-Palestine 2019
 
A discussion with:

Fady Khoury
S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School
Graduate Research Fellow at the Program on Negotiation at HLS
 

Rami Younis
Palestinian writer and cultural activist, Journalist
Movie Director, … Read More 

2019 Program on Negotiation Open House

Diane Long   •  08/30/2019   •  Filed in Events, Student Events, Students

You are cordially invited to the 2019
PON Open House

Interested in the fields of negotiation, conflict resolution, and mediation? Join us!
Thursday, September 19, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Milstein West A, Wasserstein Hall
Harvard Law School Campus


Come meet PON faculty from Harvard, MIT, Tufts and other schools in the Greater Boston area.  Find out how you can be involved, … Read More 

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