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Buffett Institute for Global Studies Announces New Programs and Funding for Graduate Students

Modified: April 15, 2015

For almost 20 years, the Buffett Institute has offered significant academic and financial support for graduate student research on global issues. The Institute is now dramatically expanding their successful dissertation research funding and creating new opportunities to position graduate students at the forefront of relevant research communities.

Graduate Student Dissertation Research Travel Awards

Buffett’s Graduate Student Dissertation Research Awards provide funding for fieldwork outside the United States for Northwestern doctoral students writing dissertations on comparative and international topics with relevance to important contemporary political, economic, and social issues. The maximum amount of awards will be doubled to $5,000 beginning this academic year and the number of awards available will increase from 20 to 40.

Applications for graduate student dissertation research travel awards are due October 14, 2015. Click here to learn more.

Graduate Student Organized Conference

The Buffett Institute is announcing an annual competition to fund a graduate student initiated-and-organized conference on an international or comparative topic with relevance to contemporary political, economic or social issues.

Successful proposals will be awarded up to $30,000 for the cost of the conference to be held during the following academic year, covering travel and lodging for graduate student participants and faculty commentators, as well as meals during the conference.

Proposals should be submitted online and are due by May 8, 2015.  Learn more here.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Buffett Institute is accepting applications from scholars for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the study of global, comparative, or international affairs. Each Fellow will be affiliated with both the Buffett Institute and an appropriate department in Weinberg College. 

Applications are welcome from scholars whose research addresses global, international or transnational social processes, problems, governance or conflicts, from any of a range of social science disciplines or interdisciplinary perspectives.

All application materials must be received by April 30, 2015. Applicants must have received their PhD degree within two years of the deadline. Learn more about the program here.

To read more about the Buffett Institutes new programs and funding opportunites in detail, click here.