Program Information

PROGRAM DATE:  June 6-July 27, 2018

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN. Due date extended to April 6,  2018!

The aim of this program is to provide research experiences for undergraduate students from all majors with an introduction to research in the broad area of civil conflict management and peace science. The program is headquartered at the Department of Political Science at UNT , a nationally and internationally recognized center for conflict management studies and peace science. It is home to the only Peace Science degree program in the Southwestern United States. The team of REU investigators represents a group of top researchers in political science and international relations who are undertaking cutting edge research on civil wars, terrorism, and other forms of civil conflict and peace building.

This eight week, in-residence program at the UNT campus in Denton, Texas, includes workshops on theory building and geographic information systems (GIS), research design and analysis, and graduate school preparation. Further, the program includes opportunities to present participant research results at local and national conferences. Students participating in the program receive a $4000 stipend, free room and board during the program, and paid travel expenses.

The projects below represent a sample (not an exhaustive list) of potential projects that students might pursue that are related to current research projects being conducted by senior faculty in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Texas. These include (but are not limited to):

A. External Intervention and Conflict Management. What are the effects of externally imposed regime change? Is it possible to predict the success or failure of externally imposed democracies, and their ability to avoid civil and interstate conflict?

B. Foreign Aid and Political Stability in Post-Conflict Societies. What is the relationship between development aid and the emergence of democracy in post-conflict societies?

C. Sources of Ethnic Conflict. What causes ethnic conflict? What are the economic, social, or demographic causes of conflict? Can political institutions be employed to manage ethnic conflict?

D. Sustaining the Peace after Civil War. What are the factors that explain the durability of peace after the end of a civil war?

E. Environmental Degradation and Civil Conflict. What is the relationship between environmental change and civil conflict? Is environmental degradation associated with conflict?


Acknowledgement: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1062343 ( . Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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