In order to be eligible for the USIP support, applicants had to meet the following requirements:
Organizing Institution: USIP Public Education for Peacebuilding Support (PEPS) is open to all accredited colleges and universities, as well as public libraries, in the U.S. and its territorial possessions. Groups or organizations, such as academic departments, academic clubs and consortia within either entity are eligible. University student-led groups may apply with the endorsement of a faculty member or administrator. Multiple organizations from the same entity are eligible to receive support. Non-U.S. higher education institutions or public libraries are not eligible to apply.
Activity Type: The support may be used for a variety of activities, including, but not limited to educational or training workshops, lectures, speaker programs, library forums or web-based forums. USIP cannot fund advocacy activities or programs of a partisan nature. USIP funds cannot be used to cover the purchase of equipment, food, beverages, entertainment, monetary awards or fundraising activities.
Activity Theme: The activity must address issues related to USIP's mandate of international conflict and its resolution, i.e. Gender, Conflict, and Peacebuilding; Science and Technology, and Peacebuilding; Sustainable Economics, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding; International and Regional Organization and Conflict Management; Post-Conflict Transitions; Negotiation and Mediation; and Media and Peacebuilding. Country and region specific topics are also encouraged. Events addressing domestic conflict issues in the U.S. are not eligible.
The selection of USIP support recipients is a competitive process. While not exclusive, the following criteria will guide the selection:
Eligibility: The application meets the basic eligibility requirements.
Relevance: The event supports international peacebuilding and conflict resolution.
Impact: The event raises community awareness of international peace and conflict resolution issues.
Need: The activity does not duplicate existing initiatives and addresses an important need in the context of international peace and conflict resolution
Institutional Support: The implementing organization/institution must provide matching support for the event.