Buffett Award for Emerging Global Leaders

The annual $10,000 Buffett Award recognizes outstanding leadership in a person early in their career working in the areas of global health, social or economic development, human rights, climate change, food security, or other issues of global significance. By recognizing excellence early in someone’s career, the Buffett Award helps to encourage individuals to continue to make a difference.

The Emerging Global Leader is invited to Northwestern to give a public address to the Northwestern community and receive their award.

Nominate for the 2019 Buffett Award 

The nomination period for the 2019 Buffett Award is now open! Characteristics of an ideal nominee:

  • Demonstrated success
  • Respectful, inclusive, community-based practices
  • Innovative approach
  • Has a sustainable vision
  • Ideas that are relevant to multiple places
  • Visit will benefit Northwestern community

Nominations are now closed. 


Each year, undergraduate affiliates are invited to vote. Not yet an affiliate? Complete the brief application

Questions about the Buffett Award can be sent to Emory.ErkerLynch@northwestern.edu.