Crown Family Middle East Research Travel Grant

About this grant

The Crown family supports this award, which funds travel for research projects in the Middle East. Preference is given to applicants who will collaborate with institutions and colleagues in the region.

Award details

For undergraduate and graduate students, the maximum award is $5,000.

All awards will be made as scholarship awards and will be paid out through the University's payroll system.

Graduate students traveling to any international location: By accepting this award, you explicitly agree to follow all health and safety requirements as outlined by the Office of Global Safety and Security for the location(s) where you will be traveling.


Northwestern faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates are eligible for these travel awards. Students must be affiliates of the Buffett Institute (undergraduate affiliate application | graduate affiliate application).

Applicants who have received a previous research grant from the Buffett Institute must have submitted a post-award report through FluidReview before applying for a new grant. 

Application details

Application deadlines:

  • October 15 for winter & spring projects
  • March 15 for summer & fall projects

Application requirements:

  • Complete the online Buffett Institute FluidReview Application. Be sure to include a concise description of the research, scholarship, or creative activity, as well as an itemized budget. 
  • Graduate and undergraduate students must also submit a letter of recommendation from the faculty member who knows them and the project best. The letter must be submitted by the recommender through FluidReview. 

A committee organized by the Buffett Institute will decide on awards and notify winners within 4-6 weeks of each deadline.


If you or your recommenders are having difficulties with the application system, contact FluidReview support at

General questions can be sent to