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DRRC has longstanding partnerships with the International Academy of Conflict Management (IACM) and the Academy of Management (AOM), two organizations that convene faculty, Ph.D. and postdoctoral fellows to share their knowledge and research.
  • The Dispute Resolution Research Center is thrilled to announce the first DRRC Pedagogy Competition! The Competition’s purpose is to solicit new submissions for the DRRC materials library that address important topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Applicants should submit proposals to create new exercises, cases, simulations, and other educational materials related to diversity, equity, and inclusion within conflict and collaboration settings. The DRRC will select up to five winners, and the expected award ranges from $5,000 to $10,000.

    Applications are no longer being accepted

    Winners will be announced on October 15th.  

  • The DRRC sponsors the International Association for Conflict Management Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. This award recognizes dissertations that significantly advance the study of conflict management and negotiation. The 2021 recipient was Hemant Kakkar (Duke University) for his dissertation titled, "The Role of Dominance and Prestige-based Status in Navigating Social Hierarchies."

    The DRRC also sponsors two awards within the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management (AOM): the Best Empirical or Theoretical Paper Award and the Best Student Paper Award. The recipients of the 2021 Best Empirical or Theoretical Paper Award were Jessica Jae Won Paek (Duke University) and Hemant Kakkar for their paper, "Helping as a Means to Empower or Create Reliance". The recipient of the 2021 Best Student Paper Award was Samuel Skowronek (University of Pennsylvania) for his paper, "The Canonical Deception Paradigms do not Measure Deception".
  • At the 2019 International Association of Conflict Management’s (IACM) annual conference in Dublin, Ireland, the DRRC sponsored the 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award (completed in 2017 or 2018) was given to Yeonjeong Kim for her article, Special Elections Amendment Forecasting Unethical Behavior Using the Hidden Information Distribution and Evaluation (HIDE) Model. The DRRC also sponsored an IACM pre-conference consortium for Ph.D. students and junior faculty. The goal of this consortium was to connect Ph.D. students and faculty with each other and mid-career and senior scholars. The three-hour consortium consisted of two roundtable sessions. The first session focused on connecting scholars with similar research interests and the second session focused on answering questions about navigating careers (how to write a dissertation, get a job, manage the R&R process, develop mentor relationships). The consortium ended with a panel of senior scholars who answered questions about research and career strategies.

    The DRRC also sponsored the Academy of Management Conflict Management Division's awards at their 2019 Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. The winner of the Best Student Paper award was Ian Wang for her article, "The Lagged Effects of Customer Mistreatment on Service Failure and Sabotage." The winner of the Best Empirical or Theoretical Paper award was David Maurico Munguia Gomez and Emma Levine for their paper, “Preference Reversals in Equivalent Choices between Individuals and Policies that Affect Individuals.”

Research grants

DRRC Research Grants are temporarily suspended until further notice.

DRRC pursues its research mission in part through its research-funding program that is available to Northwestern faculty and students.

Below are the guidelines for the DRRC Grant Program. If you are a Northwestern University faculty member, Ph.D. student or postdoctoral fellow and wish to be put on our mailing list for grant proposal forms, please email your request to

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