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.

Graduate Student grant applications are due Thursday, November 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:

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)

 
Zoom registration link: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1I_3AwjeQVikx0REdtatZA
Free and open to the public.
This session will be recorded. Pending approval, we … Read More 

What will it take to bring our country back together again?

Diane Long   •  11/18/2020   •  Filed in Events, student, Students, The Kelman Seminar

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

What will it take to bring our country back together again?
A virtual discussion with:
 

Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D.
Chairman, Special Olympics International
 
Monday, November 30, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, ET (US and Canada)

 
Zoom registration link: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BljVOV_KSmq7ED_SnjzoVQ
Free and open to the public.
This session will be recorded. Pending … Read More 

Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People

Diane Long   •  09/23/2020   •  Filed in Events, student, Students, The Kelman Seminar

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

Leading with Dignity:
How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People

A virtual discussion with:

Donna Hicks
Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs,
Harvard University
 
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, EDT

 
Registration is almost full!
Click here to access the Zoom registration link: Registration is … Read More 

Announcing the Spring 2020 Next Generation Grant Awardees

Diane Long   •  09/18/2020   •  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:

Molly Moore
Harvard Kennedy School
Research project: “The social signaling value of selective exposure. ”

 

For more information on the grants, please visit the Next Generation … Read More 

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

PON Staff   •  08/12/2020   •  Filed in Events, 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 virtual book talk with:

Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus and former Dean,
Harvard Kennedy School
 
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, EDT

Free and open to the public.

 

About the book:

In Do Morals Matter?, … Read More 

New Findings in the Field of Negotiation: Lakin and Khoury

Diane Long   •  05/27/2020   •  Filed in Events, Graduate Research Fellowships, PON Graduate Research Fellowships

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is pleased to present:

New Findings in the Field of Negotiation:
Research from the PON Graduate Research Fellows
 
A recording of the session is below:

A virtual talk with:

Samantha Lakin
Ph.D. Candidate,
Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies,
Clark University
and

Fady Khoury
S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 PM
Harvard Law School
Registration … Read More 

Announcing the 2020 PON Summer Fellows

Diane Long   •  05/20/2020   •  Filed in Students, Summer Fellowship Grants

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, nonprofit or academic organizations. The Summer Fellowship Program’s emphasis is on advancing the links between scholarship and practice in negotiation and … Read More 

New Findings in the Field of Negotiation: Finkelstein and Grace

Diane Long   •  05/11/2020   •  Filed in Events, Graduate Research Fellowships, PON Graduate Research Fellowships

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is pleased to present:

New Findings in the Field of Negotiation:
Research from the PON Graduate Research Fellows
 
A recording of the virtual session is below.

Virtual talks with:

Aria Ritz Finkelstein
PhD Candidate, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and

Rob Grace
Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, Brown University
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
12:00 … Read More 

Announcing the 2020-2021 PON Graduate Research Fellows

Diane Long   •  03/27/2020   •  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 program provides support for one year of dissertation … Read More 

Announcing the 2019-2020 PON Visiting Scholar

Diane Long   •  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 

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