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:

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

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Negotiation and Conflict Resolution


FALL 2013

Robert Burdick
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy

Techniques of negotiation and mediation applied to a broad range of conflict situations from interpersonal differences to labor relations, environmental disputes, and international relations. Combines practice in basic methods with theoretical and applied aspects of conflict resolution.

Restrictions: Undergraduates only

Time: Thursday, 6:00-9:00 p.m. … Read Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 

Negotiation Seminar

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Negotiation Theory and Practice


Dwight Golann

This seminar will examine the theory and practice of negotiation, focusing primarily on the use of bargaining to resolve legal disputes. Class time will consist of a mixture of role-plays, discussion, and analysis of video, combined with short lectures by the teacher. Each student … Read Negotiation Seminar 

Negotiation for Lawyers

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Negotiation for Lawyers


FALL 2012
Dwight Golann

The course will focus on negotiation issues in lawyering, dealing with adversaries and allies, advising clients, resolving ethical issues, preserving professional relationships, understanding cooperation, competition, and compromise, and evaluating the strength and weakness of legal positions. Students will regularly engage in simulated negotiations. In lieu of … Read Negotiation for Lawyers 

Religion, Conflict, & Peace Student Discussion Group Kick-Off Meeting

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Religion, Conflict, and Peace Student Discussion Group

Semester Kick-off Meeting!
Tuesday, October 27th, 6:00 PM

Pound Hall Rm 513 (PON Library), Harvard Law School

The Religion, Conflict, and Peace (RCP) Student Discussion Group is composed of students from the Boston area who are interested in the broad topic of the role of religion in politics — particularly in conflict regions … Learn More About This Program 

Program on Negotiation 2009 Summer Fellows Brown Bag Lunch

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Join us for a discussion with the 2009 PON Summer Fellows to learn about their exciting work this past summer! Information about how to apply for PON fellowships will also be provided.

When: Friday, October 30th, 12:15pm
Where: PON Library, Room 513, Pound Hall, Harvard Law School

For more information about our Summer Fellowship Program please click here. … Learn More About This Program 

PON Seminar: Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

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Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

FALL 2013

Gillien Todd

Debbie Goldstein

This highly interactive 12-week seminar explores the ways that people negotiate to create value and resolve disputes. Designed both to improve understanding of negotiation theory and to build negotiation skills, the curriculum integrates negotiation research from several academic fields with experiential learning exercises.

Students engage in a series of hands-on … Read PON Seminar: Negotiation and Dispute Resolution 


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FALL 2013
Dawn Effron
Peter Perroni

The course explores the theory and the art of resolving conflict through negotiation. Various styles are presented for comparison and analysis. Students are urged to evaluate their own intuitive style and to experience others’. Practical experience is achieved through one-on-one and group negotiations exercises. The theory of conflict, … Read Negotiation 

Negotiation Analysis

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Negotiation Analysis

FALL 2012/Spring 2013
Brian Mandell
Sections A & B
Kessely Hong
Sections C & D
Introduces students to the theory and practice of negotiation. The ability to successfully negotiate rests on a combination of analytical and interpersonal skills. Analysis is important because negotiators cannot develop promising strategies without a deep understanding of the context of … Read Negotiation Analysis 

Rationalist Sources of International Conflict and War

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Instructor: Muhammet Bas, PhD, Assistant Professor of Government, Harvard University
GOVT E-1738 Rationalist Sources of International Conflict and War (23769)

Why do states fight costly wars in international relations? Why do peaceful negotiations fail? How does deterrence work? How does domestic politics shape international conflict? In answering these questions, this seminar examines theories that focus … Learn More About This Program 

Negotiation Workshop A

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Negotiation Workshop A (LAW 44100A)


Robert Mnookin
Hauser 416

Most lawyers, irrespective of their specialty, must negotiate. Litigators resolve far more disputes through negotiation than by trials. Business lawyers — whether putting together a start-up company, arranging venture financing, or preparing an initial public offering — are called upon to negotiate on behalf of their … Read Negotiation Workshop A 

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