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Funding and Grants

The Buffett Institute supports research and engagement around the globe. In addition to funding research projects, travel, and fellowships, we support student groups focused on solving global problems.

Fall quarter deadlines

◼ indicates the opportunity is for undergraduates, ⬥ for graduate students, ▲ for faculty

October 15

Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Research Grants ◼⬥▲
Funds individual or group research projects in modern Turkish studies. Projects collaborating with Turkish institutions and colleagues will be given priority.

Crown Family Middle East Research Travel Grants ◼⬥▲
Funds travel for research projects in the Middle East.

Graduate Dissertation Research Grants ⬥
Funds fieldwork outside the US for Northwestern doctoral students writing dissertations on comparative and international topics.

Undergraduate Student Group Funding ◼
The Buffett Institute promotes undergraduate leadership at Northwestern and in a global context. We mentor, support, and encourage student groups and programs. Student groups can affiliate with the Buffett Institute at three different levels of support and mentorship.

November 1

Buffett Faculty Fellowship ▲
Fellowship for Full-time, tenure-line Northwestern faculty with core research interests in global, international or comparative research. Faculty fellows are expected to offer intellectual leadership in the development of sustained research excellence within the Buffett Institute, and its affiliated research groups and workshops.

Edited Volume Conference Grants ▲
Designed to produce significant publications on cutting edge, interdisciplinary research. Proposals must be interdisciplinary and include a plan for a significant publication at project end.

Manuscript Revision Conference Grants ▲
Funds up to $7,000 and provides logistical support for a small conference to give junior, tenure-line faculty the opportunity to gain exposure to experts in their field, to receive pre-publication comments and feedback on late-stage book manuscripts, or to improve their research with input from leading figures.

November 5

Supplemental Undergraduate Research and Travel Grant ◼
Provides supplemental funding of up to $2,000 to complete or enhance research, internships, project work, or other nontraditional experiences that are relevant to contemporary global issues. Applicants who have already been awarded grants offered by Northwestern will be given priority.

December 15

Buffett Postdoctoral Fellowship ⬥
A two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the study of global, comparative, or international affairs from any of a range of social science or interdisciplinary perspectives. Fellows will pursue a program of independent scholarship and teach one quarter-long undergraduate class during the academic year.