Professional Development

The Conflict Resolution Program sponsors both internal and external professional development to ensure students gain both academic and practical applied experience upon graduation. This prepares our graduating students to enter the job market at a competitive standing. The following options are either offered by the CR program or are suggested to further gain experience while in the program.


The Conflict Resolution Program sponsors a Research Assistantship (RA) program that provides opportunities for first year CR students to work with faculty who share similar research interests. All first year CR students are eligible to apply for the numerous positions available. International students are also encouraged to apply.

In August, the CR Program Coordinator will email the list of available RA positions to all incoming students. If you are interested, simply forward your resume and a cover letter that outlines your top three choices. The CR Program administration will match students with positions accordingly. RAs are paid hourly, and can expect to work around 10 hours per week, depending on the specific position. In the past, the program has been able to place each interested first year student, but we cannot always guarantee each student a placement. 

Past placements: 

GU Office of the President Initative Team
GU Office of the Provost
GU Institute for Reproductive Health
GU Office of Foundation Relations
School of Foreign Service Graduate Career and Development Center
Berkley Center for Religion and World Affairs
Professor Marc Howard, Government Department
Professor Ayse Kadayifci, Conflict Resolution Program
Professor Elizabeth Ferris, GU Institute for International Migration
Professor Fathali Moghaddam, Conflict Resolution Program/Psychology Department
Ms. Chloe Edmonds, Conflict Resolution Program
Professor Andria Wisler, Program in Justice and Peace Studies
Professor Molly Inman, Conflict Resolution Program

Language Scholarships

All students must fulfill a language requirement by completing a language proficiency exam proctored by Georgetown University's various language departments or by taking two semesters of Georgetown lanuage courses during their two years in the program. CR students are eligible for language scholarships during the 2-year program for proficiency level language courses at Georgetown University when taking a full 9-credit course load. These courses cannot be used towards the degree, but are available for further language study and as a way to complete the program's language requirement.

Professional Development Funds

All CR Students are eligible to apply for support for student engagement in specialized skills building activities that are critical to career advancement related to conflict resolution.

Allowable uses include:

  • transportation related to a field internship
  • academic conference or workshop registration fees
  • membership dues to professional organizations

Boren Fellowship

The CR Program and faculty support students who seek to apply for the Boren Fellowship - a National Security Education Program established to fund US graduate students to study less common languages abroad that are considered important to US interests. Past CR students have been awarded Boren Fellowships in the following Countries: Jordan, India, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, and Ukraine.