Manuscript Revision Conference Award

About this fellowship

The Buffett Institute invites untenured tenure-line faculty to submit applications for funding to stage a small conference on a topic directly relevant to the applicant’s primary research. The latter must fit within the research priorities of the Buffett Institute, and engage issues of global, comparative or transnational significance.

The purpose of the grant is to give junior faculty the opportunity to gain exposure to experts in their field, to receive pre-publication comments and feedback on late-stage book manuscripts, or otherwise to improve their research with input from leading figures.

Award details

Up to $7000 per conference, up to four conferences per year.

Funding is intended to cover the expenses of a half-day conference with up to three outside guests (including modest honoraria), and the Institute will also offer logistical support for domestic travel, accommodations, and conference meals.


Open to untenured full-time Northwestern faculty.

Applicants can receive only one such grant during their pre-tenure career at Northwestern. Unsuccessful applicants are invited to revise and resubmit their application.

Application details

Application deadlines:

November 1 – Successful applicants will be funded to stage a conference during the following spring quarter. 

April 1 – Successful applicants will be funded to stage a conference during the following academic year.

Apply online using the Buffett Institute FluidReview Application.

Applications must include a current CV, and proposals should address the following issues:

  • Conference Theme: What is the central theme of the conference? How does it relate to the applicant’s primary research? How does this theme engage issues of global, comparative or transnational significance?
  • Applicant Research: At what stage is the applicant’s research? Is there a book or article manuscript that can be shared with participants?
  • Conference Participants: Who are three or four highly qualified researchers whose comments will be most helpful to the applicant? Why will their feedback be particularly useful to the organizer? Are they likely to participate in such an event?
  • Conference Dates: list two or three proposed dates in the next academic year upon which to stage this event.
  • Conference Budget: outline the estimated travel and lodging costs for the guests you propose, plus meals.


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

Email Katherine Hapeman with general questions about the award.