Sarah Stroup with two colleagues at The Knoll

The CT Collaborative supports innovative faculty research projects that involve students and tackle issues in conflict transformation. See below for our most recent call for proposals and examples of projects funded this past year. The application for 2024 grants will be due on October 27; details forthcoming in September.

Spring 2023 CT Research Grant Recipients

  • Lida Winfield, Christal Brown, Laurel Jenkins, Karima Borni, Meshi Chavez, Michael Abbatiello, Tiffany Wilbur, “Movement Matters: Global Body in Conflict” (Dance)
  • Febe Armanios, “‘One Bite and All is Forgiven’: Paths to Gastro-Diplomacy and Conciliatory Foodways in Cyprus and Turkey” (History, Food Studies)
  • Carly Thomsen, Laurie Essig, “Feminist Studies vs. Feminist Activism” (Gender, Sexuality, & Feminist Studies)
  • Jamie McCallum, “A Better Bargain: Transforming Conflict Negotiation Processes Between Workers and Management” (Sociology)
  • Marybeth Eleanor Nevins, “Rural Vermont Community Responses to Claims of Anthropogenic Climate Change” (Anthropology)
  • Ajay Verghese, Roberto Foa, “The Roots of Hindu-Muslim Conflict in India” (Political Science)
  • Suzanne Gurland, “Perspective-Taking in Conflict Transformation” (Psychology)
  • Jeff Langholz, “Flowing Toward Peace: Opportunities and Obstacles for Transforming Water Conflicts through Decentralized, On-site Water Production” (International Environmental Policy)
  • David Wick, “Host Community Impacts of Study Centers Abroad: Transaction, Extraction, Transformation” (International Education Management)
  • Lyuba Zarsky, Rachel Herring, Keaton Sandeman, “Indigenous People vs Decarbonization? Exploring and overcoming conflicts between mining of critical materials for clean technology and Native rights, lands and cultures in the US” (International Environmental Policy)
  • James Lamson, “Adding North Korea Case Study to Strategic Empathy Project” (James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies)

Spring 2022 CT Research Grant Recipients

  • Anne C. Campbell,  “‘How do you give back to a community that doesn’t want you?’: International LGBTQIA + students transformative education and tumultuous returns” (International Education Management)
  • Chong-suk Han, “Addressing Racism in the Gayborhood” (Sociology)
  • Pushpa Iyer, “Indigenous Perspectives on the Conflict-Environment Nexus” (Center for Conflict Studies)
  • James A. Lamson, Hanna Notte and Sarah Bidgood, “Employing Strategic Empathy to Address Adversaries’ Acquisition, Threat, and Use of Strategic Weapons: A Fresh Look at ‘Demand-Side Factors’” (James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies)
  • Jade McGlynn, “Monterey Trialogue Initiative” (Initiative in Russian Studies)
  • Rebecca A. Mitchell, “Deconstructing the ‘Russian Idea’: Émigré Visions from Lenin to Putin” (History)
  • Alex Newhouse, “Investigating Online and Offline Intersections Between Militant Accelerationism and Great Power Relations” (Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism)
  • Jennifer D. Ortegren, “We Live with Love for Each ‘Other’: How Muslim and Hindu Women Transform Conflict in Middle-Class India” (Religion)
  • Andrea E. Robbett and Peter Hans Matthews, “Meta-Perceptions, Trust, and the Transformation of Partisan Conflict” (Economics)
  • James Chase Sanchez, “In Loco Parentis” (Writing and Rhetoric)

Call for Proposals

Conflict Transformation Research Grants for Middlebury Faculty and Research Associates

The CT Collaborative invites proposals for grants to support research on the topic of conflict transformation. Our definition of conflict transformation will remain broad and flexible in order to accommodate a wide variety of research projects. Core to our understanding of conflict transformation is the belief that conflict can be productive, generative, and crucial for social change. You can read more about our approach on our What Is Conflict Transformation? page.

We are especially interested in research that asks new questions about conflict, and how we transform our engagement with it. We seek to support projects that connect with our guiding principles of conflict transformation, as applied to particular fields’ approaches and specific complex problems. Studies may focus on conflict at any scale, ranging from interpersonal, to institutional, to international. Research can also address any stage of conflict, from indicators of impending conflict, to efforts to deal with existing conflict, to conflict termination and its aftermath.

We welcome projects that will involve the participation of students, foster collaboration across Middlebury’s campuses, or with other institutions, especially those in the communities that are the focus of the research, and/or support dignity for marginalized identities.

General terms:

  • Typical grant of $10,000–$50,000.
  • Can be used toward a variety of research-related expenses, such as travel for interviews or to visit archives; presenting at conferences; open-access publication fees; hiring RAs; collecting data; or summer salary.
  • All full-time Middlebury faculty and research associates are eligible to apply.

The annual application cycle will open in the fall of 2023 for January through December 2024 funding. Find more information on the application process and frequently asked questions.