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 Stephanie Dixon.

DRRC Research Grants Fall 2019 Cycle Due Date: October 18, 2019 11:59pm.

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)

What will not receive support:

  • Books
  • Summer support
  • Subsistence funding

Grant Application Procedures

Please submit your application via email to Stephanie Dixon.

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 Spring 2019

  • Name
  • Department
  • Arielle Tolman
  • Sociology
  • Christa Kuntzelman
  • Political Science
  • Jeremy Kuperberg
  • Sociology
  • Lydia Emery
  • Psychology
  • Sonia Planson
  • Sociology
  • Rachel Ramirez
  • MORS- Kellogg School of Management
  • Hooria Jazaieri

  • MORS- Kellogg School of Management
  • Kaylene McClanahan

  • MORS – Kellogg School of Management


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 2019 IACM Outstanding Dissertation Award. To learn more, please visit

Past Awards

DRRC awarded the 2018 IACM Best Article or Book Chapter to Andrew Carton and Basima Tewfik for their article in Organization Science titled, “Perspective—A New Look at Conflict Management in Work Groups” and the 2018 AOM Best Student Paper Award to Siyu Yu for her paper, “All for One or Free-For-All? How, Why, and When Resource Scarcity Impacts Team Power Dynamics and Performance.”

Dispute Resolution Research Center

Learn more about collaboration, conflict and negotiation at Kellogg

Contact Us

DRRC can be reached by email , by phone at 847.491.8068, or via fax 847.467.5700

Conferences & Events

DRRC pursues its mission in part through its research-funding program