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:

Student Interest Group Fireside Chat: Discussing Avenues for Careers in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

PON Staff   •  10/01/2007   •  Filed in Events, Opportunities for Students, Student Events

Robert Bordone, Director Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program and
HLS Thaddeus R. Beal Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

Please join Professor Robert Bordone for the first chat of the 2007-2008 series. The PON Fireside Chats provide a venue where PON faculty share their experiences of entering and working in the field of negotiation and conflict resolution, … Learn More About This Program 

PON-Affiliated Faculty Receive Teaching Awards

PON Staff   •  06/06/2007   •  Filed in News, Opportunities for Students, Webcasts

Three PON-affiliated faculty were presented with teaching awards by the graduating class at their respective schools. The award-recipients were selected by the graduating class.

Harvard Law School (HLS) Assistant Clinical Professor Robert Bordone was this year’s winner of the prestigious Sacks-Freund Teaching Award. The award was presented at Class Day exercises by the graduating class in … Read PON-Affiliated Faculty Receive Teaching Awards 

PON Honors Bruce Wasserstein with the 2007 Great Negotiator Award

PON Staff   •  04/23/2007   •  Filed in News, Student Events, Webcasts

Business leader Bruce Wasserstein was the 2007 recipient of the Great Negotiator Award given by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. As a graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, he has helped arrange more than a thousand transactions worth hundreds of billions of dollars and is currently the Chairman and … Learn More About This Program 

Negotiation and Decision Making in Public Policy: Policy in the Bush Era and Beyond

PON Staff   •  03/15/2007   •  Filed in Events, Opportunities for Students, Student Events

The PON Student Interest Group (SIG) Fireside Chat with

Professor Max Bazerman
Harvard Business School and
Member, PON Executive Committee
Thursday, March 15, 2007
4:00 – 5:30 P.M.
Pound Hall 513 (PON Offices), Harvard Law School
(click for map)

Please join Professor Max Bazerman for the third PON Fireside Chat, a new series that provides students with an opportunity to meet cutting-edge negotiation … Learn More About This Program 

Student Interest Group Fireside Chat with Prof. Guhan Subramanian

PON Staff   •  02/20/2007   •  Filed in Events, Opportunities for Students, Student Events

Professor Guhan Subramanian, Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business, Harvard Law School
Acting Co-Chair, PON Executive Committee

Please join Professor Guhan Subramanian for the second PON Fireside Chat, a new series that provides students with an opportunity to meet cutting-edge negotiation faculty. Professor Subramanian will discuss his experiences in the field of dispute resolution, and his … Learn More About This Program 

PON Faculty and Student Holiday Wine and Cheese

PON Staff   •  11/29/2006   •  Filed in Events, Opportunities for Students, Student Events

Kick off the holiday season with PON’s Student Interest Group and faculty, including:

Robert Bordone, Harvard Law School
Florrie Darwin, Harvard Law School
Mari Fitzduff, Brandeis University
Deborah Kolb, Simmons School of Management
Deepak Malhotra, Harvard Business School
Lawrence Susskind, MIT
…and others!

Meet and mingle with students interested in negotiation and conflict resolution from Boston-area universities, learn more about faculty research and … Read PON Faculty and Student Holiday Wine and Cheese 

Bubbly Island

PON Staff   •  11/04/2006   •  Filed in Events, Opportunities for Students, Student Events

Do you want to be an Ambassador for a day, learn to negotiate in an international multilateral diplomatic conference setting with more than 30 countries, and experience behind-the-scenes crisis decision-making processes and coalition-building between EU and NATO countries?

Are you willing to test your leadership skills by managing the stresses of an international crisis, late-breaking events, … Read Bubbly Island 

Pursuing a Career in Dispute Resolution/ADR with a Law Degree

PON Staff   •  10/20/2006   •  Filed in Events, Opportunities for Students, Student Events

Stephanie Smith – Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School

Please join Stephanie Smith, Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School and HLS graduate, to hear about career options in dispute resolution.

Stephanie Smith is a trainer and consultant to business, government and philanthropy on issues involving the prevention, management and resolution of conflict. Prior to Stanford, she … Learn More About This Program 

PON Open House

PON Staff   •  09/19/2006   •  Filed in Events, Opportunities for Students, Student Events

Are you interested in negotiation
and conflict resolution?
Meet other Boston-area faculty, individuals and students interested in Alternative Dispute Resolution at PON’s annual Open House! Free food and drinks, and information about ways for students to get involved. Brief presentations at 8:10 pm.
The negotiation social event of the year!
For more info, contact Sarah Woodside at swoodside@law.harvard.edu or … Read PON Open House 

Women, Negotiation and Leadership

PON Staff   •  04/19/2006   •  Filed in Events, Opportunities for Students, Student Events

Join the Program on Negotiation and Deborah Kolb for a workshop on highly effective and strategic negotiation moves that women can use to get what they need to be successful in any leadership role.

Deborah Kolb is the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership at the Simmons School of Management, co-director of PON’s Program … Read Women, Negotiation and Leadership 

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