The Program on Negotiation welcomes students from all colleges and universities in the Boston area who have an interest in the field of negotiation and conflict management. We invite you to become part of the PON community! This can include coming to our many events, starting with our fall Open House, where you will meet fellow students and faculty and hear about opportunities to get involved. Other events include talks with world leaders, film showings and discussions that illuminate important aspects of conflict, and lunch and seminar talks that highlight negotiation aspects of current events.

Be sure to subscribe to our Student Interest Group email list to receive updates on events, funding and internship opportunities, and job announcements. We also include items in the SIG email that are sent to us from members of our student community.

Check out our grant and fellowship opportunities below. Our Graduate Research Fellows and grant recipients are contributing exciting new research in the field of negotiation.

PON Events

The Program on Negotiation hosts a wide variety of events throughout the academic year, including conferences, symposia, seminars, lectures, student discussions, book talks, film series events, and more.

Please visit our events page to learn more.

Funding Opportunities from PON

Graduate Research Fellowships
The PON Graduate Research Fellowship provides support for one year of dissertation research for doctoral students. Successful candidate receive a stipend of $26,000, access to PON facilities and Harvard libraries, and the opportunity to make deep connections to the PON community.

Summer Fellowships
PON offers summer fellowship grants to students doing internships or undertaking summer research projects with public, nonprofit, or academic organizations in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution. Summer fellowships for up to $3,500 are open to currently enrolled students who will be returning to school the following semester in the Boston area.

Graduate Student Grants
PON Graduate Student Grants are designed to support cutting-edge research at the graduate level in the field of negotiation and conflict resolution. Grants are awarded for specific research projects in amounts of up to $1,000.

Next Generation Grants
The PON Next Generation Grants support research in negotiation and conflict resolution by non-tenured faculty and doctoral students. Grants are awarded for specific research projects to successful applicants within PON’s inter-university consortium. Doctoral student grants are limited to $5,000. Non-tenured, tenure-track faculty grants are limited to $10,000, of which no more than $5,000 should be for personnel.

PON Semester-Length Seminars on Negotiation and Mediation

PON offers two semester-length courses each year that are open to the public: Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in the fall, and Mediation and Conflict Management in the spring. These courses typically include participants from a wide range of disciplines, professional fields, and life experiences. Please visit our PON Seminar page to learn more.

Courses at PON Consortium Schools & Other Boston Area Universities

For more information about current negotiation and conflict mediation course offerings, please visit the school’s websites:

Harvard Law School
Harvard Business School
Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
The Heller School, Brandeis University
Simmons College
UMass Boston

Check out the following programs at Harvard Law School to learn more about negotiation and mediation:

Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program
Harvard Negotiators
Harvard Mediation Program

Announcing the 2014-2015 PON Graduate Research Fellows

PON Staff   •  03/24/2014   •  Filed in Graduate Research Fellowships, PON Graduate Research Fellowships, Students

The Program on Negotiation 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. Consistent with the PON goal of fostering the development of the next generation of scholars, this program provides support for one year of … Read More 

Umbrella Agreements, Consensus Building in the Arctic, and Negotiation in Social Enterprises: New Research from PON Fellows and Scholars

PON Staff   •  03/05/2014   •  Filed in Daily, Events, PON Graduate Research Fellowships, Students

Every year the Program on Negotiation sponsors fellows and visiting scholars while they research and write about topics important to the fields of negotiation and mediation. This lunch provides an opportunity for this year’s two Graduate Research Fellows, Alexandros Sarris and Sarah Woodside, and Visiting Scholar Stefanos Mouzas to share their findings with the negotiation … Read More 

Announcing the Winter 2013 Next Generation Grant Awardees

PON Staff   •  01/15/2014   •  Filed in PON Next Generation Grants, Students

Twice yearly the Program on Negotiation runs the Next Generation Grant program, which supports research in negotiation and conflict resolution by non-tenured faculty and doctoral students.

We wish to announce our latest grant awardees:

Netta Barak-Corren
Harvard Law School
Research project: “Compliance or Deviance, That is the Question: What Underlies Judgment and Choice in Normative Conflicts between Law and … Read More 

Dialogue and Mediation

PON Staff   •  11/12/2013   •  Filed in Dispute Resolution Directory, DRD Tag Pages

Dialogue and Mediation Skills (HS 240A)

Fall 2014

Thursday 2:00-4:50 pm


Theodore Johnson


This course teaches dialogue and mediation skills that are particularly designed for work in the field of intercommunal conflict. A practitioner who is skilled in such work at both local and international levels will teach this course.

Course Objectives:

The course addresses the development and current state of … Read More 

Communications for Impact

PON Staff   •  11/05/2013   •  Filed in Dispute Resolution Directory, DRD Tag Pages

Communications for Impact (HS 218F1)
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

Fall 2014
Module II

Wednesday 6:00-8:50 pm


James Arena DeRosa

The purpose of the this course is to study and practice the most effective way to have a dialogue.  The students from diverse backgrounds come together to discuss the best way to have a purposeful … Read More 

Intercultural Communication

PON Staff   •  11/05/2013   •  Filed in DRD Tag Pages

Intercultural Communication (CC203)

Emerson College


Angela Cooke-Jackson

Cathryn Cushner Edelstein


Analyzes readings in intercultural communication focusing on verbal and nonverbal customs of various cultures as information from both cultural and language perspectives. Each semester focuses on specific topics or cultures. Background in other cultures is helpful but not essential

  … Read More 

Responsible Leadership

PON Staff   •  11/04/2013   •  Filed in Dispute Resolution Directory, DRD Tag Pages

Responsible Leadership (HS 272A)

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

Fall 2014
Friday 9:00-11:50 am


Alain Lempereur


This course examines whether leadership is good news or bad news, leading or misleading.  It is more than just good intentions, charisma, a personal gift, or features of a person.  It is about impact, serving justice, positive values and … Read More 

Responsible Negotiation

PON Staff   •  11/04/2013   •  Filed in Dispute Resolution Directory, DRD Tag Pages

Responsible Negotiations (HS 244a)

Heller School at Brandeis

Fall 2014


Alain Lempereur

This course aims at deepening the analytical and operational capacity of participants to promote responsible negotiating in complex contexts of deal-making and conflict resolution. Responsibility in negotiation is actionable through three pillars: people caring at the table, behind and beyond the table, problem-solving through a search for … Read More 

Negotiating Women’s Roles in Complex International Environments

PON Staff   •  09/16/2013   •  Filed in Events, Student Events, The Kelman Seminar

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution is pleased to present:
“Negotiating Women’s Roles in Complex International Environments”

Fouzia Saeed

Human rights activist and educator in Pakistan


Beena Sarwar
Pakistani journalist and filmmaker
September 30, 2013
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Bowie Vernon Room (K-262)
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
About the Speakers:

Fouzia Saeed earned her PhD in … Read More 

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