Research Grants & Awards

Northwestern Grants Program

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

DRRC Research Grants Spring 2021 Cycle Due Date: April 1, 2021 11:59pm.
Note: there will be not a Fall 2020 cycle this year.

Apply for a Grant

Download the grant cover sheet and review the requirements to begin the process.

Who Can Apply

Principal investigators MUST be affiliated with Northwestern University as a full-time faculty member, a graduate student or a postdoctoral fellow during the grant period. Co-investigators do not need to be affiliated with Northwestern University.


DRRC funds empirical research on conflict, broadly construed.  We will consider application that examine inter group and intra group processes related to conflict and collaboration.  We are open to a variety of methods: experimental, field, modeling, etc. The grants committee looks for several features in a proposal:

  • A clear and concise research question and how answering this research question will contribute to understanding conflict
  • An outline of the hypotheses and what conflict theory has helped guide this particular research question. In the proposal, the logic and theory need to suggest that the hypotheses are reasonable
  • A statement about the proposed source of data and how your proposed data will be manipulated, measured or assessed


  • Likelihood of yielding publishable material
  • Likelihood of generating outside funding
  • Likelihood of investigators contributing to DRRC’s activities


Funding is expected to range from $1,000 - $5,000. On average, we provide $2,500 per awarded grant.

What is likely to receive support:

  • Funds for paying research participants
  • Funds for travel necessary for data collection
  • Remuneration for required support personnel (e.g., transcribers, research assistants, etc.)
  • Essential research support (e.g., hardware, software, communications, supplies, travel, funds for conferences to present research that was funded by DRRC)

What will not receive support:

  • Books
  • Summer support
  • Subsistence funding

Grant Application Procedures

Please submit your application via email to

The contents of your application should include:

  • Grant Cover Sheet(PDF)
  • Proposal (five-page limit) describing the research and justifying the request for funds. In the proposal, please include:
    • A budget, including funding priorities, if appropriate
    • A statement of current or applied-for support
  • An acknowledgement of support, a brief paragraph written by a faculty co-author or advisor, is required from all graduate student and postdoctoral fellow applicants
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum two pages) outlining the qualifications of the grant applicant to carry out the research

Referee procedure:

After at least two reviewers evaluate each proposal, the grant committee meets to finalize the decision. Applicants receive a decision letter with substantive feedback soon after the committee has met (usually within 14 days of the submission date).

Recent Awardees

Grant Recipients Fall 2019

Andrea Dittman and Kyle Dobson

“Promoting Positive Community-Police Interactions through Transparency.”

Krishnan Nair

“Ethnic Interests Underlie Variations in Political Orientation.”

Chris To

“Heirarchy Change Following Success.”

Dylan Wiwad

“Increased Cooperation and Decreased Prejudice: An Exploration of Cross-Class Contact.”

Alice Zhang and Hui Sun

“All the World's a Stage: Camera, Dehumanization and Violence in Social Movements.”

Jordan Daley

“Beyond Race: The Behavioral Implications of Skin Color.”

Laura Garcia

“The pacifying role of education: the case of Radio Sutatenza in Colombia.”

Alexandra Garr-Schultz

“Does Internal Coherence Reduce External Conflict?: How Identity Affects Intraminority Conflict versus Coalition.”

Ivan Hernandez

“The influence of concern about falling down the socioeconomic hierarchy on intergroup cognition and behavior.”

Jeremy Kuperberg

“Performing the Nation after War: Tourism and Memory in Croatia and Bosnia.”

Marie Lapierre

“Understanding Conflict and Violence in Intimate Relationships.”

Kyle Nolla

“The Gendered Context of Competitive Gaming Skill Acquisition.”

Perdana Roswaldy

“Years of Living Uncertainly: Peasant Women's Labor in the Aftermath of Agrarian Conflict.”

Omri Tubi

“Building a Strong Settler State: The Case of Israel.”

Grant Recipients Spring 2020

Eli Finkel

“The Struggling Family Metaphor: A Step toward Ameliorating America’s Toxic Political Partisanship?”

Anna McKean

“From Covert Action to Overt Activism: The Evolution of Corporate Political Involvement.”

Safa Al-Saeedi

"Communication as Power: Effects of the Internet on Authoritarian Politics."

Erica Banks

"Black Women and Prisoner Reentry: Understanding How Class Matters."s

Yannik Coenders

"Dispersal: How Cities in the West Abandoned Racial Segregation."

Natalie Gallagher

"Sociocultural Essentialism as a Cognitive Framework for Lay Theories of Diversity and Social Change."

Jordan Gans-Morse

"A Novel Dataset for Studying Business Conflicts in Russia."

Meghan George

"Promoting Intergroup Contact Through Anxiety Acceptance."

Elizabeth Good

"Nevertheless, She’s Excluded: Women’s role in resistance movements, peace agreements, and power."

Jesse Humpal

"Globalized Insurgency: Modern Revolutionaries and Their Pursuit of Power."

Elinam Ladzepko

"Can I do better? How White people’s beliefs about the malleability of implicit racial bias affects their intergroup attitudes and behaviors."

Erik Lovell

"Young Adults in Social Policy: Conflict in Ambiguity."

Alyssa Lynne

"Transnationalizing Gender, Medicine, and Standardization: Gender-Affirming Healthcare in Thailand and the United States."

Josiah Rosario

"Danger in the (Sociopolitical) Environment: A Macro-level Perspective on the Identity and Belonging of Students from Targeted Backgrounds."



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.

Current External Award Calls

DRRC will be sponsoring the 2020 IACM Best Paper award.  To learn more, please visit: 

Past Awards

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.”

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