What is The Pearson Institute?

Established in 2015, The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts promotes discussion, understanding, and resolution of global conflicts through research, education and engagement with the global policy community. As part of the education component of its mission, The Pearson Institute annually awards Fellowships to a select group of distinguished MPP students.

What is the Pearson Fellowship?

The Pearson Fellowship is a financial aid and professional development opportunity. Pearson Fellows attend private seminars with policy leaders and practitioners in the policy fields of conflict and development, as well as with Pearson faculty members and relevant academics outside of the University of Chicago. Pearson Fellows are incorporated into other public and private event programming of The Pearson Institute and The Pearson Global Forum and also engage in social networking and professional development workshops and events.

Pearson Fellows also have various opportunities through The Pearson Institute, including internship funding and research funding opportunities. The Pearson Institute works with Fellows to pursue their own conflict-related endeavors, from producing a podcast, to organizing a career panel, to connecting with policymakers and practitioners in the Institute’s network.

Is the Pearson Fellowship a fully funded degree opportunity?

Financial aid awards vary based on overall qualifications.

Is the Pearson Fellowship a research fellowship?

No. While many Pearson Fellows do engage in research assistant opportunities with Pearson and other faculty at Harris and the University of Chicago, such opportunities are not formally connected with the Fellowship.

What is the Pearson Scholarship?

The Pearson Scholarship is a financial aid and professional development opportunity for prospective PhD students to Harris Public Policy.

Who can apply for the Pearson Fellowship?

Prospective Harris Public Policy MPP students can apply to the Pearson Fellowship as part of their application. Applicants to other master’s programs at Harris or the University of Chicago are not eligible for the Pearson Fellowship.

If I am accepted to the MPP but am not selected as a Pearson Fellow, can I apply after my first year?

Only prospective students are eligible for the Pearson Fellowship, which lasts for both years of the MPP program.

How do I apply for the Fellowship?

When you apply to the MPP program at Harris, there is an optional essay question about global conflict. By answering this question, you will be considered for the Fellowship.

What constitutes a strong application essay?

Strong responses to the prompt are concise, specific, and analytical. The readers of your essay are familiar with the subject matter: therefore, analysis of a specific component of a conflict is more powerful than a history lesson. A strong application essay answers the specific question asked and does not pivot into a personal statement.

How are Pearson Fellows selected?

In addition to the application essay, prospective Fellows are evaluated on many aspects of their Harris application, including past academic performance, GRE scores, and dedication to global conflict studies and resolution through demonstrated work and/or research experience.

If I am not chosen as a Pearson Fellow, how can I engage with The Pearson Institute?

There are so many ways for Harris students to engage with the Institute!