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.

Applications dates now available.


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.


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:

Power and Negotiation

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Power and Negotiation


FALL 2013

Jared Curhan
Provides understanding of the theory and processes of negotiation as practiced in a variety of settings. Designed for relevance to the broad spectrum of bargaining problems faced by the manager and professional. Allows students an opportunity to develop negotiation skills experientially and to understand negotiation in useful … Read More 

Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Workshop

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Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Workshop

FALL 2013

Robert Bordone

Student projects in the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) work on advanced client matters related to negotiation, mediation, and conflict management. For example, students may assist an organization in conducting a conflict assessment, designing a dispute resolution system, assessing an ongoing set of dispute management … Read More 

Great Negotiators

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Great Negotiators


WINTER 2014, 1.5 credit course

James K. Sebenius
(617) 495-9334

Course Objectives:
What can be learned from closely studying great negotiators at work? Since 2001, the Program on Negotiation-an active inter-university consortium comprised faculty from across Harvard, MIT, and Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts–has annually bestowed the “Great Negotiator Award.” Over their … Read More 


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Kevin P. Mohan

This advanced negotiation course includes both negotiation simulations and analysis of actual corporate deals. In the first part of the course, students will participate in complex negotiation simulations and debrief their results in class. In the second part of the course, student teams will research and analyze real world … Read More 

Deconstructing War, Building Peace

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Deconstructing War, Building Peace

Fall 2014

Tuesday and Friday 9:30-10:50 am

Gordon A. Fellman

Ponders the possibility of a major “paradigm shift” under way from adversarialism and war to mutuality and peace. Examines war culture and peace culture and points in between, with emphases on the role of imagination in social change, growing global interdependence, and … Read More 

Transnational Negotiations

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Transnational Negotiations

FALL 2014
Module Session I

Monday 6:30-9:20 pm

Steven Cohen

Explores the dynamics of international business negotiations in the context of evolving global industries. Students will develop an understanding of negotiation strategy, positioning, and process, as well as the skills necessary to effectively design, negotiate, and manage transnational deals. Usually offered … Read More 

Negotiations and Organizational Conflict Resolution

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Negotiations and Organizational Conflict Resolution

FALL 2014
Tuesday 6:00-9:00pm

Howard Williams

A communications skills course designed to better understand the nature of conflict and its resolution through persuasion, collaboration, and negotiation. Students will learn theories of interpersonal and organizationalconflict and its resolution as applied to personal, corporate, historical, and political contexts. Students will assess their own styles, skills, and values, and … Read More 

The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts

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“The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts”
Dr. Peter T. Coleman
Director of the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution
and Professor of Psychology and Education
at Columbia University
When: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Time: 12 – 1 p.m.

Where: Wasserstein Hall, Room B10, Harvard Law School Campus
Please bring your lunch. Drinks and desserts provided.
One … Read More 

PON Summer Fellowship Program

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Application due date for Summer 2022 is Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

The Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School 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. … Read More 

Religious fundamentalism in Palestine and Israel and its impact on women

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“Religious Fundamentalism in Palestine and Israel
and its Impact on Women”

Laila Atshan
Mason Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government
and psychologist in Palestine
Dina Kraft
Free lance journalist based in Tel Aviv, Israel and Nieman Fellow 
Date: Monday, January 30, 2012
Time: 4:00-6:00 PM
Where: Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Knafel Building North, 1737 Cambridge Street, Room N-262 (Bowie Vernon Room).
Contact Chair: Donna … Read More 

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