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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Frequently Asked Questions

Why the name change?

"Northwestern Buffett" reflects our identity as a single, integrated organization that supports Northwestern’s global vision. We have undergone organizational restructuring to bring together the three Global Affairs units and the former Buffett Institute to report to the Provost, as well as to reorganize to better drive Northwestern’s global agenda.

Where is [staff member's name]?

Over the last few months, Northwestern Buffett has undergone a restructuring to accommodate its new mission. We invite you to explore our staff pages to see what our team members are working on now.

What is the role of the Global Collaboration team, and how will they be interacting with Northwestern students and faculty?

Together with faculty, university leadership, and partner institutions, the Global Collaboration team is supporting the work of creating a global alliance of intensive, multi-faceted relationships with targeted partners around the world. To do this, the Global Collaboration team is helping to identify synergies across programs through consultation with units, and is exploring enhanced models of multilingual engagement with practitioners, faculty, and scholars.

What kinds of opportunities is Northwestern Buffett offering faculty?

Faculty are at the center of the work of Northwestern Buffett, and faculty will provide leadership to all of our programs. We are working closely with our Faculty Advisory Council to develop new programming. Some of our recently launched initiatives include:

  • University Partnerships: We are convening faculty conversations about potential partnerships with international universities. The goal of these meetings is to gauge faculty members’ interest in building upon existing disparate relationships and projects and creating multi-faceted partnerships. The meetings are a starting point in the work of building a global alliance of universities.
  • Idea Incubation: In winter and spring, we are organizing idea lunches to bring together Northwestern faculty from across disciplines—humanities, social sciences, business, law, STEM—to catalyze new scholarship and ideas. A fall Idea Incubation Workshop will build on this work and expand these conversations to include global scholars and experts and will culminate in proposals for concrete global projects. 
  • Forums: Faculty are leading and participating in multilingual online forums that bring together scholars and practitioners from around the world to engage in robust conversations among experts across fields, disciplines, geographic locations, and specializations to address critical global issues. Recent topics include “Democracy & Truth” and “Smart & Shrinking Cities.” To get involved, contact

Is Northwestern Buffett offering opportunities for graduate students?

We continue to provide international research travel and conference travel funding for doctoral students. In partnership with The Graduate School, we have also developed new Graduate Assistant positions that enable for students to get involved in our Global Working Groups.

Is Northwestern Buffett offering opportunities for undergraduates?

We are partnering with the Office of Undergraduate Research to support international research and foreign language acquisition for undergraduates. This partnership will allow us to reach more Northwestern students than ever before. Northwestern Buffett also continues to provide scholarships to students for study abroad through our Global Learning Office (GLO).

What is the new Global Learning Office (GLO)?

Undergraduate Learning Abroad (ULA) and Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) have integrated to form the Global Learning Office. This integration, a natural progression after the previous merge of International Program Development (IPD) and the Study Abroad Office (SAO) into ULA, now combines all three former study abroad offices into an integrated resource for Northwestern students seeking global learning experiences. Learn more:

How do Northwestern Buffett and the Office of the Vice President for International Relations interact?

International Relations is our partner in advancing the University's global vision. Kim Rapp, assistant vice president for international relations, sits on the Global Council, which is charged with defining key priorities for the globalization of the university.