Start: October 14, 2021 12 a.m.
End: October 14, 2021 11:30 p.m.

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Center for Peace and Conflict Studies

Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Fellowship

The call to submit proposals for the Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Fellowship is now open. This externally funded Fellowship provides support to conduct basic or applied research on topics related to peace.

Eligibility: Ball State faculty members and graduate students are eligible to apply.

Awards of up to $50,000 are available to support one-year or multiple-year projects. The review committee will determine the number, type, and level of project funding. For faculty members, funds may be used for salary, supplies, expenses, and/or travel. For graduate students, funds may be used for an assistantship stipend, supplies, participant expenses, and/or travel.

Letters of intent (LOI) are required and due by October 14th via the InfoReady system. Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) Proposal Manager to assist with their LOI development by September 24. Those invited for a full proposal are required to work with SPA for proposal and budget development, and to obtain University approvals prior to the deadline of November 25, in accordance with the University’s External Proposal Submission Policy

Proposal Topics

Proposals must contain a clear and concise discussion of the impact of the project on peace. That is, how will your project expand knowledge and/or solve practical problems associated with issues affecting world peace to improve the human condition?

Projects that focus on aspects of structural violence, direct violence, and/or social justice are permissible. Other possible topics might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Poverty
  • Discrimination
  • Suicide prevention
  • Domestic violence and/or abuse
  • Bullying
  • Human Rights
  • Homelessness
  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Unfair labor practices
  • At risk individuals
  • Sexual harassment
  • Community development/empowerment
  • Race relations
  • Ethnic/international relations
  • Relations between religious groups
  • Cultural understanding
  • Economic inequity or equality
  • Health disparities
  • Criminality
  • Crowding or overpopulation
  • Justice and reconciliation
  • Sports for development
  • Environmental issues
  • Ecosystems
  • Land use
  • Hydrology
  • Intensive farming
  • Climate change
  • Environmental health
  • Environmental degradation
  • Pollution
  • Resource depletion
  • Toxicants
  • Waste

Projects that involve peace building, peacemaking, or peace keeping are consistent with the mission of the Cohen Fund.

How to Apply

To learn how to apply for the fellowship, visit the Cohen Peace Fellowship website or contact the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at 765-282-1622 or