Opportunities for 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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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.

Spring 2023 Fellowship Programs
PON Graduate Research Fellowship – applications due February 9, 2023
PON Summer Fellowship – applications due March 9, 2023


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.

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.

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.


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:

Umbrella Agreements, Consensus Building in the Arctic, and Negotiation in Social Enterprises: New Research from PON Fellows and Scholars

PON Staff   •  03/05/2014   •  Filed in Daily, Events, Opportunities for Students, PON Graduate Research Fellowships

Every year the Program on Negotiation sponsors fellows and visiting scholars while they research and write about topics important to the fields of negotiation and mediation. This lunch provides an opportunity for this year’s two Graduate Research Fellows, Alexandros Sarris and Sarah Woodside, and Visiting Scholar Stefanos Mouzas to share their findings with the negotiation … Learn More About This Program 

Announcing the Winter 2013 Next Generation Grant Awardees

PON Staff   •  01/15/2014   •  Filed in Opportunities for Students, PON Next Generation Grants

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:

Netta Barak-Corren
Harvard Law School
Research project: “Compliance or Deviance, That is the Question: What Underlies Judgment and Choice in Normative Conflicts between Law and … Learn More About This Program 

Dialogue and Mediation

PON Staff   •  11/12/2013   •  Filed in Dispute Resolution Directory, DRD Tag Pages

Dialogue and Mediation Skills (HS 240A)

Fall 2014

Thursday 2:00-4:50 pm


Theodore Johnson


This course teaches dialogue and mediation skills that are particularly designed for work in the field of intercommunal conflict. A practitioner who is skilled in such work at both local and international levels will teach this course.

Course Objectives:

The course addresses the development and current state of … Read Dialogue and Mediation 

Communications for Impact

PON Staff   •  11/05/2013   •  Filed in Dispute Resolution Directory, DRD Tag Pages

Communications for Impact (HS 218F1)
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

Fall 2014
Module II

Wednesday 6:00-8:50 pm


James Arena DeRosa

The purpose of the this course is to study and practice the most effective way to have a dialogue.  The students from diverse backgrounds come together to discuss the best way to have a purposeful … Read Communications for Impact 

Intercultural Communication

PON Staff   •  11/05/2013   •  Filed in DRD Tag Pages

Intercultural Communication (CC203)

Emerson College


Angela Cooke-Jackson

Cathryn Cushner Edelstein


Analyzes readings in intercultural communication focusing on verbal and nonverbal customs of various cultures as information from both cultural and language perspectives. Each semester focuses on specific topics or cultures. Background in other cultures is helpful but not essential

  … Read Intercultural Communication 

Responsible Leadership

PON Staff   •  11/04/2013   •  Filed in Dispute Resolution Directory, DRD Tag Pages

Responsible Leadership (HS 272A)

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

Fall 2014
Friday 9:00-11:50 am


Alain Lempereur


This course examines whether leadership is good news or bad news, leading or misleading.  It is more than just good intentions, charisma, a personal gift, or features of a person.  It is about impact, serving justice, positive values and … Read Responsible Leadership 

Responsible Negotiation

PON Staff   •  11/04/2013   •  Filed in Dispute Resolution Directory, DRD Tag Pages

Responsible Negotiations (HS 244a)

Heller School at Brandeis

Fall 2014


Alain Lempereur

This course aims at deepening the analytical and operational capacity of participants to promote responsible negotiating in complex contexts of deal-making and conflict resolution. Responsibility in negotiation is actionable through three pillars: people caring at the table, behind and beyond the table, problem-solving through a search for … Read Responsible Negotiation 

Negotiating Women’s Roles in Complex International Environments

PON Staff   •  09/16/2013   •  Filed in Events, Student Events, The Kelman Seminar

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution is pleased to present:
“Negotiating Women’s Roles in Complex International Environments”

Fouzia Saeed

Human rights activist and educator in Pakistan


Beena Sarwar
Pakistani journalist and filmmaker
September 30, 2013
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Bowie Vernon Room (K-262)
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
About the Speakers:

Fouzia Saeed earned her PhD in … Learn More About This Program 

Announcing the 2013 PON Summer Fellows

PON Staff   •  06/14/2013   •  Filed in Opportunities for Students, Summer Fellowship Grants

About the PON Summer Fellowship Program:
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 … Read Announcing the 2013 PON Summer Fellows 

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