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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Pre-Application Travel Grant

This travel grant provides Northwestern faculty members funding to visit international partners and collaborators abroad in advance of applying for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award

Offered by the Northwestern Buffett Institute, this grant is designed to support faculty members in developing or strengthening their Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award applications. Explore opportunities to teach, conduct research or carry out professional projects abroad through Fulbright in the 2024–25 awards cycle

Another aim of this award is to build a robust Fulbright community at Northwestern, which reflects the University’s commitment to making positive, cross-cultural and sustaining impact through global engagement. Northwestern Buffett serves as the University’s Fulbright Scholar Liaison, facilitating increased participation in the Fulbright Scholar Program via institutional level support and peer-to-peer engagement.

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Award amount will be determined based on the applicant’s budgeted proposal, with a maximum $2,000 award. This fund is $10,000 and multiple grants will be awarded. Applicants are encouraged to combine this travel grant with other funding resources to meet the full cost of travel, if needed. 

Recipients must submit a one-page report detailing the visit activities, contacts and outcomes to Northwestern Buffett upon completed use of the award funds. 

To boost grantee success in applying for a Fulbright, applicants will receive support from Northwestern Buffett and partner offices, including application support and consultation from faculty recognitions and awards in the Office of Administration and Planning, and global collaboration and engagement support from Northwestern Buffett. 

The grant is open to full-time faculty (tenure-line or clinical/instructional) who are interested in pursuing a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award for work in any geographical region or discipline. Applicants should understand their departmental responsibilities and ability to engage in a Fulbright award during the intended cycle prior to applying to this award.

Successful applicants for this travel grant will have identified a program and/or country of interest for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award and demonstrate how this travel grant will benefit their Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award application. For example, applicants may plan to use this grant to travel and meet with potential research collaborators or hosts in the country of interest, and the travel may be tied to other scholarly activities such as conference attendance.

This grant is open to all geographical regions and disciplines. Preference is given to applicants who can contribute to building institutional or community-based relationships and/or advancing impactful global research, intend to apply in the current cycle for a 2024-2025 award and have not previously completed a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award.

Applicants are encouraged to review the awards list, visit a Fulbright Office Hour and/or schedule a meeting with Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives Samantha Nissen prior to applying for this grant, especially if you are interested in Fulbright but are not quite sure which award or location would be a fit for you and your work. Applicants may also review Northwestern University on the Fulbright alumni database for additional peer-to-peer connections. 

This application is currently closed, and will relaunch in early 2024. Applicants must complete this application.

Please email Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives Samantha Nissen with any questions.

You may review a pdf of the full application before applying.