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 Grant Programs Application Deadlines
PON Graduate Student Grant – due April 12, 2023
PON Next Generation Grant – due May 10, 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 $35,000 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:

Thirteen Days in the Age of Nuclear Threat: Negotiation Lessons for Peaceful Coexistence

PON Staff   •  10/19/2012   •  Filed in Events, International Negotiation, Student Events

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis,
PON is pleased to present
Thirteen Days in the Age of Nuclear Threat: Negotiation Lessons for Peaceful Coexistence
Bruce Allyn
Author and Practitioner in the field of Conflict Resolution
Alain Lempereur
Professor of Coexistence and Conflict Resolution at Brandeis University

Thursday, October 25, 2012
5:30 pm

Langdell North, Room 225
Harvard Law School campus
About … Learn More About This Program 

Europe at a Crossroads: The Story of Greece and What It Reveals About Structural Problems in the Eurozone

PON Staff   •  10/04/2012   •  Filed in International Negotiation, Student Events, The Kelman Seminar

On the day before the next European Council Meeting (Oct. 18-19), George Papandreou, former prime minister of Greece, will talk about the crisis in Europe, how Greece points to deeper problems within the European Union, and why a stronger integration of member states could be a way forward. He will be in conversation with economist, … Learn More About This Program 

A Common Ground Approach to Societal Conflict Resolution

PON Staff   •  10/03/2012   •  Filed in Events, International Negotiation, Student Events

The Program on Negotiation is pleased to present:
A Common Ground Approach
to Societal Conflict Resolution

John Marks
President and Founder of Search for Common Ground

Susan Collin Marks
Senior Vice President of Search for Common Ground
Monday, October 15th, 2012
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Wasserstein 2004
Harvard Law School Campus
Please bring your own lunch; soft drinks and cookies will be … Learn More About This Program 

2012 Program on Negotiation Fall Open House

PON Staff   •  10/01/2012   •  Filed in Daily, Events, Opportunities for Students, Student Events

Interested in negotiation and conflict resolution?
Come to the Program on Negotiation Open House!
The open house will begin at 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 3rd in Milstein East B in the new Wasserstein building, on the Harvard Law School campus.
Meet students and faculty interested in Alternative Dispute Resolution and learn how to get involved. Students from the … Read 2012 Program on Negotiation Fall Open House 

Negotiations and Change Management

PON Staff   •  07/25/2012   •  Filed in DRD Tag Pages

Negotiations and Change Management (MGMT 320)

FALL 2013


Bettina Betters-Reed
Patricia Deyton

Teaches interrelated concepts in negotiation, conflict, and change that are key to working effectively in teams, organizations, and partnerships, as well as advancing one’s own career. Explores everyday negotiation challenges confronting women in the workplace. Uses case analyses, role-play, videotaped negotiation sessions, and other experiential activities … Read Negotiations and Change Management 

Announcing the 2012 PON Summer Fellows

PON Staff   •  06/25/2012   •  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 2012 PON Summer Fellows 

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