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Transdisciplinary Team Grand Challenge: Conflict

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the Transdisciplinary Team Grand Challenge: Conflict for graduate students at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).  

Conflict is ubiquitous. While most often discussed as incompatibility or disagreement between individuals, the academic literature on conflict has shown it can be experienced at all levels from intraindividual to global. Differences in perspectives can lead to conflicting historical accounts, interpretations of evidence, and depictions of events in art, music, and literature. When poorly managed, the outcomes of conflict may be negative and long lasting. However, when conflict is successfully resolved, outcomes can benefit individuals, groups, and cultures. Therefore, our challenge to UTSA graduate student researchers is to work together across disciplines to propose conceptual projects to address any aspect of conflict, including broad topics such as conflict prevention, management and resolution and narrower topics such as expression of conflict in music and art or historical depictions of specific conflicts.

Teams should be formed in groups of 3-5 students from at least two different programs in two different colleges. Student groups will work together on a transdisciplinary proposal to address an issue associated with water. 

For a full list of rules, guidelines, and deadlines please click here.

Interested in hearing from previous participants? Watch the video below to learn about the benefits and impact of participation.



It is anticipated that three teams will be awarded, subject to available resources.

  • Each student in the top three teams will receive a $2,000 scholarship to be awarded by the Spring 2023 semester.

If you are interested in competing in the challenge, please make sure you are eligible and understand the guidelines and deadlines:


  • Applicants must be full-time graduate (master's or doctoral) students enrolled in 6 hours of graduate courses at the time of application and award.
  • An applicant may not participate on more than one proposal to this program.
  • Proposals must demonstrate collaboration among 3-5 graduate students from at least two different programs within at least two colleges at UTSA. Projects should, whenever possible, include a community partner (click here for more information).

Team Formation

Looking for teammates? The Graduate School has created a Slack channel to help interested students find teammates for the Grand Challenge. Use your email to join and log into Slack here. Post your introduction on the #conflict channel.

Participant Deadlines

DATE: October 7, 2022
ACTION ITEM: Notice of Intent due. For guidelines and submission information, click here.

DATE: November 18, 2022
ACTION ITEM: Proposals due. For information regarding required deliverables, click here.

Announcement Dates

DATE: December 16, 2022
INFORMATION: Awards announced. 

DATE: January 15, 2023
INFORMATION: Funds awarded. 

If you have further questions about this opportunity, please contact Dr. Rebecca Weston at

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