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:

Dispute Resolution Directory

PON Staff   •  09/18/2009   •  Filed in Dispute Resolution Directory

The Dispute Resolution Directory brings together information on a rich selection of courses and learning opportunities in the greater Boston area for people interested in negotiation and dispute resolution. The Directory is published by the Dispute Resolution Program and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. The Program on Negotiation is a community of … Read Dispute Resolution Directory 

2009 Program on Negotiation Fall Open House

PON Staff   •  09/15/2009   •  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 Tuesday, September 29th in the PON Library, Pound 513, Harvard Law School.

Meet students and faculty interested in Alternative Dispute Resolution and learn how to get involved. Students from the Boston area and beyond are welcome … Read 2009 Program on Negotiation Fall Open House 

Harvard Law School Spotlight on Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program

PON Staff   •  08/20/2009   •  Filed in Daily, Dispute Resolution, Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, News

Harvard Law School’s News Office recently interviewed Harvard Law School’s Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) students and faculty about three of the projects on which they worked during the Spring of 2009.
Click here to read the entire interview http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/spotlight/clinical-practice/clinic.html
Harvard Law School’s Negotiation & Mediation Clinical … Learn More About This Program 

2009 Winner of the Roger Fisher/Frank E. A. Sander Student Paper Prize Announced

PON Staff   •  06/12/2009   •  Filed in Daily, News, Opportunities for Students

Congratulations to Sean McDonnell (HLS ’09), the 2009 Fisher/Sander Prize Winner, for his paper “Fighting With Faith: The Role of Religion in Dealing With Modern Conflict.”

This prize was established in 2007 by the Program on Negotiation in honor of Professors Roger Fisher, the Williston Professor of Law, Emeritus, and Frank E. A. Sander, the Bussey … Learn More About This Program 

Winners of Harvard Law School’s 56th Annual Williston Competition

PON Staff   •  05/04/2009   •  Filed in Daily, Harvard Negotiators, Opportunities for Students

The winners of Harvard Law School’s 56th annual Williston competition were announced on Tuesday, April 28. The competition, sponsored by the Board of Student Advisers and organized and run by Harvard Negotiators, offers first-year students the opportunity to practice negotiation and contract drafting. Teams of two students participate in the competition which focuses primarily on … Learn More About This Program 

PON Next Generation Grant Application Information

PON Staff   •  04/08/2009   •  Filed in Next Generation Grants, PON Next Generation Grants

Application Procedure
Application deadlines are November 16, 2022 and May 10, 2023.

Grant applications will be evaluated based on:

Academic merit.
Potential for yielding publishable material in leading academic journals.

The Review Committee will look favorably on matching funds or seed money requests.

Applicants should submit a three- to five-page proposal electronically. Each application should contain:

A description … Read PON Next Generation Grant Application Information 

PON Student Events

PON Staff   •  02/17/2009   •  Filed in Opportunities for Students, Student Events

PON organizes a large number of events each month to give students, academics, practitioners and the public the opportunity to engage in discussions with leading scholars in the field. These events include Dispute Resolution Forums (DRF), the Kelman Seminar Series, the PON Film Series, and the PON Brown Bag Lunch Series.

In addition, a number of … Read PON Student Events 

PON Graduate Student Grants Application Information

PON Staff   •  02/17/2009   •  Filed in Opportunities for Students, PON Graduate Student Grants

Application Procedure
Application deadlines are November 2, 2022 and April 12, 2023.

Each application must contain:

A one- to two-page description of the proposed project.
A budget, including all other sources of support for the project.
A curriculum vitae (max 2 page).
A letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the student’s work.

Grant applications will … Learn More About This Program 

Conflict Resolution in Social/Political Organizations

PON Staff   •  11/17/2008   •  Filed in Events, Opportunities for Students, Student Events

What are the particular psychological dynamics of social/political organizations? How do strong emotions, deep values and generational differences affect the work of public interest lawyers and other professionals? What strategies of conflict resolution and dispute systems design are most effective for people who work with these organizations? Professor Eben Weitzman will draw on his conflict … Learn More About This Program 

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