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.
EXPLORE OUR STUDENT RESOURCES
INSIGHTS FROM WORLD-RENOWNED EXPERTS
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
FUNDING FOR ACADEMIC RESEARCH
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 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 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:
Evaluation of Peacebuilding (DHP 228m)
For the past five years, evaluation has been a hot topic for the international peacebuilding world, and temperature continues to rise. The focus on evaluation has the potential to make or break this field. High quality, professional evaluation integrated into programming could provide the evidence of change … Learn More About This Program
The Arts of Communication (DHP P234m)
Today’s leaders must have the ability not only to analyze thoughtfully but also to communicate clearly and persuasively. This course is intended to turn you into a more persuasive and effective public speaker― someone who speaks with the ease, confidence, clarity, and modes of persuasion that … Read The Arts of Communication
Conflict Resolution Theory (DHP D223)
International conflict resolution is a field of practice and of theoretical study. The primary goal of international conflict resolution is to use means other than violence to settle both inter-state and intra-state disputes, and to transform the relationships of disputing parties such that violence is not likely … Read Conflict Resolution Theory
Civil-Military Relations in Post-Conflict Environments (DHP P247)
FLETCHER SCHOOL OF LAW AND DIPLOMACY
Antonia Handler Chayes
Recently, post conflict environments have entered a grey area that is neither war nor peace. Simultaneous efforts involve kinetic activity, wider peacekeeping, peace building and state building. This seminar will analyze how international interveners—both civil and military—deal with such complex environments. … Learn More About This Program
Advanced Seminar in Development and Conflict (DHP P227)
The aim of this seminar is to provide students with contemporary tools and understandings at the intersection of development and conflict resolution practice. This seminar is in-depth and cutting-edge, discussing in detail what it is that development and conflict resolution … Read Advanced Seminar in Development and Conflict
International Environmental Conflict and Collaboration (ENVS 18B1)
BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:20 pm
A study of the development of international environmental law and policy through a historical lens. Examines how early diplomatic initiatives have–and importantly, have not–shaped the contemporary structure of international environmental relations. (Monday and Wednesday 5:10-6:30 p.m.) … Learn More About This Program
Conflict and Peacemaking, the Middle East (Pol 164A1)
BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES PROGRAM
Monday 2:00-4:50 pm
Evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the efforts to resolve it. Focuses on key documents and developments with particular emphasis on the Palestinian-Israeli dimension, and the different narratives adopted by the parties on the conflict. Usually offered … Read Conflict and Peacemaking, the Middle East
International Business Agreements: Negotiating, Structuring and Drafting (JD959)
BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
This seminar will provide an overview of the private dimensions of negotiating and drafting international business agreements, and specifically on the contractual aspects. Students will gain hands on experience in structuring, drafting and analyzing various international business agreements and documents including … Learn More About This Program
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
R. Lisle Baker
Mediation is becoming an increasingly important vehicle for resolving disputes that might otherwise go to court, or if in court, to trial. While the framework of litigation is well established, mediations often are shaped by both the nature of the dispute the nature of the disputants and the … Read Mediation Seminar
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
This course introduces you to the theory and skills of mediation, examines current legal and policy issues in the field, surveys the practice of mediation in a range of areas including family, public policy, and commercial, and provides the opportunity to practice techniques as mediators and advocates in the mediation … Read Mediation
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