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 Grant Programs Application Deadlines
PON Graduate Student Grant – due April 12, 2023
PON Next Generation Grant – due May 10, 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 $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 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:
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
Mediation and Participatory Processes
Program on Negotiation
This 12-week interactive seminar provides participants with the opportunity to examine the practice of mediation and the skills employed to reach consensus among parties with divergent interests and objectives. Central to this discussion will be the nature of third party intervention as a social process crucial to problem solving, conflict … Read Mediation and Participatory Processes
Mediation and Dispute Resolution Clinic (ME900-D-02)
NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL OF LAW
Students are placed in settings that expose them to mediation, ideally in placements in which the students themselves actually perform the mediations under close supervision. At least three students work under the supervision of the course instructor. Credit options must be selected with permission … Read Mediation Clinic
NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL OF LAW(ME355)
This course focuses on legal, ethical, sociological, and procedural aspects of mediation and involves a series of student simulation exercises on fact patterns drawn from several of the following fields: divorce, child custody, land use, education, health care, construction employment and small business. Special attention is given to issues … Read Mediation
HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
Boston Law Collaborative
617-439-4700 Ext. 201
Mediation is having an increasingly profound impact on the way law is practiced in the U.S. and internationally, and clients expect both transactional lawyers and litigators to have a working knowledge of the mediation process. This course focuses on the theory and practice of mediation. Students … Read Mediation
Mediation Theory and Practice
BOSTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL (JD 826)
This course covers the theory and practice of mediation, the use of mediation to resolve disputes in different legal contexts, and the development of practical mediation skills. We will examine the mediation process, including the roles of the mediator and counsel representing a party … Read Mediation Theory and Practice
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