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.

Upcoming application deadlines.
PON Graduate Student Grants – Thursday, November 4, 2022
PON Next Generation Grants – Thursday, November 18, 2021

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:

Negotiating Persuasively in a Volatile Climate

Diane Long   •  09/16/2021   •  Filed in Events, student, Students, The Kelman Seminar

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

Negotiating Persuasively in a Volatile Climate
A virtual talk with:

Bruno Verdini
Lecturer, Urban Planning and Negotiation, MIT SA+P & MIT SHASS
Assistant Director, MIT Science Impact Collaborative
Visiting Faculty, Asia School of Business+MIT Sloan
 
Friday, October 1, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, ET (U.S. and Canada)
Zoom registration link:
https://harvard.zoom.us/j/92507139296?pwd=blgrMGtXUUV3YXI3eGp5UVB0NUhrdz09
Free and … Read More 

Announcing the 2021 PON Summer Fellows

Diane Long   •  05/10/2021   •  Filed in Students, Summer Fellowship Grants

negotiation topics in business six negotiation strategies for integrative negotiations involving haggling

During the summer months, PON offers fellowship grants to students at Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University and other Boston-area schools who are completing internships or undertaking summer research projects in negotiation and dispute resolution in partnership with public, nonprofit or academic organizations. The Summer Fellowship Program’s emphasis is on advancing the links between scholarship and … Read More 

Conflict Resolution Practice in Light of Collective Trauma and Power Asymmetries

Diane Long   •  04/09/2021   •  Filed in Events, student, Students, The Kelman Seminar

Pamela Steiner

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

Conflict Resolution Practice in Light of Collective Trauma and
Power Asymmetries

A virtual discussion with:

Pamela Steiner
Senior Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights,
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

 
Thursday, April 29, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET (U.S. & Canada)
 

About the talk:

Pam Steiner will draw … Read More 

Announcing the 2021-2022 PON Graduate Research Fellows

Diane Long   •  03/12/2021   •  Filed in Graduate Research Fellowships, PON Graduate Research Fellowships, Students

The Program on Negotiation 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. Consistent with PON’s goal of fostering the development of the next generation of scholars, this fellowship provides support for one year of dissertation … Read More 

America at the Crossroads: What we can learn from abroad

Diane Long   •  03/05/2021   •  Filed in Events, student, Students, The Kelman Seminar

Tim Phillips

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

America at the Crossroads: What we can learn from abroad

A virtual discussion with:

Tim Phillips
Founder and CEO, Beyond Conflict

Monday, March 22, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., ET (U.S. & Canada)
 

About the event:

The United States is facing a range of crises that threaten the very foundation … Read More 

Negotiating Across Worldviews in an Age of Political Polarization

Diane Long   •  02/09/2021   •  Filed in Events, student, Students, The Kelman Seminar

Jeffrey Seul

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

Negotiating Across Worldviews in an Age of Political Polarization

A virtual discussion with:

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

Thursday, February 25, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., ET (U.S. & Canada)
 

About the event:

Now, more than ever, we need … Read More 

The 4P Leadership Framework for Enhancing Your Personal Effectiveness

Diane Long   •  01/12/2021   •  Filed in Events, student, Students, The Kelman Seminar

Robert Wilkinson

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

The 4P Leadership Framework for Enhancing Your Personal Effectiveness

A virtual discussion with:

Robert Wilkinson
Lecturer in Public Policy and Leadership,
Harvard Kennedy School
 
Friday, January 29, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, ET (U.S. and Canada)

 

About the event:

Leadership in any type of organization, whether governmental, non-profit, or private sector, … Read More 

Announcing the Fall 2020 Graduate Student Grant Awardee

Diane Long   •  01/06/2021   •  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 2020 Next Generation Grant Awardee

Diane Long   •  01/06/2021   •  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 awardee:

Alexandra McAuliff
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Research project: “The Good Friday Agreement and the limits of inclusion: A structural rethinking … Read More 

From 9/11 to Covid-19: My 19 Years at PON

Diane Long   •  11/25/2020   •  Filed in Events, student, Students, The Kelman Seminar

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

From 9/11 to Covid-19:
My 19 Years at PON

A virtual discussion with:
 

Susan Hackley
Managing Director, Program on Negotiation,
Harvard Law School
 
Friday, December 11, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, ET (US and Canada)

Free and open to the public.
 

About the event:

Donna Hicks, Chair of the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar, … Read More 

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