U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) Women Building Peace Award in USA 2021 (Win $10,000)

The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) invites applications for the Women Building Peace Award in  2021 at  Washington, D.C.

History has shown that civil resistance is most successful when women are engaged, peace processes are more likely to last when women are involved, and a country’s propensity for conflict is lower with higher levels of gender equality. The Women Building Peace Award represents the Institute’s commitment to highlighting the vital role of individual women who are working every day in fragile or conflict-affected countries or regions in the pursuit of peace. The award will honour a woman peacebuilder whose substantial and practical contribution to peace is an inspiration and guiding light for future women peacebuilders.

USIP has long been engaged in supporting women peacebuilders in countries affected by conflict—including mediators in Colombia, advocates for gender equality in Pakistan, religious leaders across the Middle East who are advancing the rights of women and girls, and leaders of nonviolent movements around the globe.

The launch of the Women Building Peace Award both reflects the Institute’s comprehensive commitment to gender and peacebuilding and demonstrates the important role women play in peacebuilding efforts.

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Worth of Award

  • The awardee will receive $10,000, to be used at the recipient’s discretion.
  • She will be recognized at a ceremony organized by the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C.


  • Because this award aims to celebrate the often invisible yet essential role that women play in peacebuilding, USIP strongly encourages nominations of individual women who have not been previously recognized for their work in peacebuilding.

In order to be eligible for the award, nominees must meet the following requirements:

  • Nominee must be a woman who is at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Nominee must be a non-U.S. citizen working to build peace in a fragile or conflict-affected country or region.
  • Nominee cannot be currently or recently affiliated with USIP. This includes serving as a USIP staff member, contractor, fellow, or grantee within the 24 months before submission, or a former Women Building Peace awardee.

How to Apply

  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • The nominee should be willing and able to travel to Washington, D.C. for the award program and speak publicly about her work.
  • The nomination application can be completed by any individual who knows the nominee and her work.
  • Nomination applications must be typed and submitted in English.
  • The nomination application, letters of recommendation, and any other documents should be submitted in one email to [email protected] Please do not send multiple emails regarding one submission.
  • Nomination applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
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Deadline: All completed nominations must be received by 2:00pm ET on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. 


Click here for more details and to apply