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.

Sign up to receive our Student Interest Group email for details on upcoming events, funding, internship, and employment opportunities.


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:

Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service

PON Staff   •  02/24/2010   •  Filed in DRD Tag Pages

Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service (FMCS)

2100 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20427
Tel: (202) 606-8100
Fax: (202) 606-4251


Contact: Dan Ellerman, Human Resources Director, FMCS National Office
(202) 606-5460

For over 60 years, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) have delivered neutral and confidential conflict resolution assistance to the nation’s unionized workplaces. The FMCS was created by Congress as an … Read Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service 

Harvard Mediation Program

PON Staff   •  02/24/2010   •  Filed in DRD Tag Pages

Harvard Mediation Program

002 Austin Hall
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: (617)495-1854
Fax: (617)496-2294

Contact: Maureen Griffin

The Harvard Mediation Program (HMP) is a student practice and clinical organization of Harvard Law School. HMP offers mediation training and practice opportunities to a small number of community members in addition to its students. Trainees will co-mediate under the supervision of an … Read Harvard Mediation Program 

Insight Collaborative

PON Staff   •  02/24/2010   •  Filed in DRD Tag Pages

Insight Collaborative

47 Winter Street, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02108 – 4774
Tel: (617)948-0006 or 1-800-440-1070
Fax: (617)249-0725

Insight Collaborative is dedicated to resolving conflict and improving relationships around the world. Through conflict management education and dispute resolution services, we maximize the ability of individuals and organizations to promote peace, operate efficiently, and to effect positive change. As a 501(c)3 … Read Insight Collaborative 

International Center for Conciliation

PON Staff   •  02/24/2010   •  Filed in DRD Tag Pages

International Center for Conciliation (ICfC)

P.O. Box 15001,
Boston, MA 02215

Contact: Cathi Stewart, ICfC Office Manager

The International Center for Conciliation (ICfC) aspires to create lasting peace in conflicted communities worldwide. Most conflict resolution efforts attempt to set the past aside. However, the past is never over; historical grievance is ever available to stir up conflict even when … Read International Center for Conciliation 

Massachusetts Department of Education (Bureau of Special Education Appeals)

PON Staff   •  02/24/2010   •  Filed in DRD Tag Pages

Massachusetts Department of Education (Bureau of Special Education Appeals)

350 Main Street
Malden, Massachusetts, 02148
(781) 338-6402

Contact: Richard Connolly

The Bureau of Special Education Appeals (”BSEA”) conducts mediations, advisory opinions and due process hearings to resolve disputes among parents, school districts, private schools and state agencies. The BSEA derives its authority from both federal law and regulations (the Individuals … Learn More About This Program 

Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution

PON Staff   •  02/24/2010   •  Filed in DRD Tag Pages

Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution

University of Massachusetts, Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
McCormack Bldg. 1st Floor, Room 627
Boston, MA 02125
617-287-4040; fax: 617-287-4049

Executive Director: Susan M. Jeghelian

Deputy Director: Loraine M. Della Porta

The Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution & Public Collaboration (MODR), formerly a state agency, is now a free-standing institute of the University of Massachusetts Boston. MODR’s mission is … Read Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution 

Mediation Works Incorporated

PON Staff   •  02/24/2010   •  Filed in DRD Tag Pages

Mediation Works Incorporated (MWI)

4 Faneuil Hall – Fourth Floor
Boston, MA 02109-1632
617-973-9739 x22
617-973-9532 fax

Mediator / Executive Director: Charles P. Doran

Mediation Works Incorporated (MWI) is dedicated to providing innovative dispute resolution services and training to corporate, institutional and individual clients seeking to resolve difficult disputes.

MWI’s Training Programs include public and private “in-house” basic and advanced mediation and … Read Mediation Works Incorporated 

Mercy Corps

PON Staff   •  02/24/2010   •  Filed in DRD Tag Pages

Mercy Corps

The Roger Fisher House
9 Waterhouse St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-5444

Contact: Jenny Vaughan, Program Officer

Mercy Corps is a relief and development organization that works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds. Our mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people … Read Mercy Corps 

The M.I.T.-Harvard Public Disputes Program

PON Staff   •  02/24/2010   •  Filed in DRD Tag Pages

The M.I.T.-Harvard Public Disputes Program

512 Pound Hall
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA 02138

Managing Directors: David Fairman and Patrick Field
Founder and Senior Advisor: Lawrence Susskind

Contact: Ed Minor

The Public Disputes Program (PDP) seeks to bring together scholars and professionals to improve the practice of negotiation, mediation, and conflict management in the public sector. The Program undertakes basic and applied … Read The M.I.T.-Harvard Public Disputes Program 

National Institutes of Health Office of the Ombudsman

PON Staff   •  02/24/2010   •  Filed in DRD Tag Pages

National Institutes of Health Office of the Ombudsman

Center for Cooperative Resolution
Building 31, Room 2B63
31 Center Drive, MSC 2087
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2087
Tel: (301) 594-7231
Fax: (301) 594-7948

Howard Gadlin

Kevin Jessar

The NIH, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Helping to lead the way … Learn More About This Program 

Would you like us to inform you when new posts become available?

We hate spam as much as you do. You have our promise not to sell or share your email address — ever! Please read our privacy policy.