Nominations Open for USIP’s Women Building Peace Award


United States Institute of Peace (USIP) 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 honor a woman peacebuilder whose substantial and practical contribution to peace is an inspiration and guiding light for future women peacebuilders.

The awardee will receive $10,000, to be used at the recipient’s discretion, and be recognized at a ceremony in October 2020 at the U.S. Institute of Peace 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.

Successful nominees will demonstrate the following criteria:

  • Commitment to Peace: A woman whose work exemplifies a commitment to peace by preventing or resolving conflict nonviolently in a fragile or conflict-affected country or region.
  • Exceptional Leadership: A woman who exemplifies exceptional leadership through her vision and innovation, and has earned the respect of her community in the pursuit of peace.
  • Outstanding Practitioner: A woman who is a peacebuilding practitioner and works with members of local, national, or international communities in an inclusive and participatory manner.
  • Substantial Impact: A woman whose peacebuilding work has led to tangible or demonstrable results.

Before completing the nomination application, please read the attached Guidance for Submitting Nominations document. This information will help you determine if the nominee is eligible and provide useful instructions on the submission process. Please note that eligibility requirements include that the woman nominee must be at least 18 years of age and a non-U.S. citizen working to build peace in a fragile or conflict-affected country or region. She cannot be employed by USIP or have been affiliated with USIP during the 24 months before submission. The application process is by nomination only; no self-nominations will be accepted. Nominators are encouraged to submit nomination applications for as many individual women peacebuilders as meet the award criteria.

All nomination applications and letters of recommendation must be submitted by 2:00pm EST on January 15, 2020. All submissions MUST be typed and submitted in English. Please answer all questions as concisely and completely as possible.

Nomination applications will be accepted via email at womenbuildingpeace@usip.org. Emailed nomination applications should include the full name of the nominee in the subject line and attach all requested documents. Please do not send multiple emails regarding the same nomination application. Late nomination applications will not be considered. Nominators will receive a confirmation once the nomination application has been received.