In its present form, the Northwestern Buffett Institute's Faculty Fellows Program is designed to bring world-class faculty to Northwestern through joint appointments in the Northwestern Buffett Institute and one of Northwestern's schools. Northwestern Buffett is now expanding upon this program by offering internal fellowships to Northwestern faculty looking to play a role in a robustly interdisciplinary and vibrant community of faculty.
Northwestern Buffett will welcome the initial cohort of Faculty Fellows in Fall 2023. Faculty Fellows were drawn from a wide variety of schools and departments, with attention given to diversity along a number of dimensions, including career stage, discipline, methodology in research or creative production and global issue area of focus. Learn more about the new Buffett Faculty Fellows Program and its inaugural cohort >>
Fellowships will be held for one-year terms, renewable for up to three years, with each Faculty Fellow receiving a course buyout, a stipend, and a research fund each year. The course buyout is intended to provide faculty with the time needed to engage in the program activities described below. For those faculty for whom teaching is not the primary constraint on their time, or who cannot otherwise reduce their teaching load, the money allocated for this purpose can be used in other ways (subject to approval), such as in the support of a graduate assistant.
All members of the Faculty Fellows Program will be expected to attend, and actively participate in, weekly lunch meetings as well as less frequent dinners and other events for the duration of their terms. Faculty Fellows from Northwestern Qatar will be in residence for one quarter per year and will be expected to fully participate in program activities during that time. Senior faculty will be expected to provide mentorship to junior faculty, and the latter may be called upon to mentor graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Faculty Fellows may also be asked to provide advisory support to the Northwestern Buffett Institute from time to time, as it evaluates and further develops this Faculty Fellows Program and other research and curricular activities.
The program will consider nominations, including self-nominations, from all faculty who have been full-time at Northwestern for at least one year.
Faculty Fellows will be drawn from a wide variety of schools and departments, with attention given to diversity along a number of dimensions, including career stage, discipline, methodology in research or creative production and how their work engages with a global perspective.
Applicants must submit the following materials through the Northwestern Buffett Faculty Fellows Program application. The deadline has now closed. Please check back in late winter 2024 for details about the next application window.
- A current CV
- A letter of permission from their chair or dean
- A representative sample of their published work, not to exceed 25 pages. (Excerpts of longer works as well as links to media, where relevant, are also acceptable.)
- Written responses to the following questions:
- Describe your research, including the projects you are working on now and that you plan to work on in the next several years. How does your work engage with a global perspective? (400 words max.)
- Describe any interdisciplinary collaborations that have played an important role in your work. (250 words max.)
- How do you think participation in the Buffett Faculty Fellows Program will have an impact on your research and your career? How will this make a difference in the impact you aim to make on your discipline and in the world? (250 words max.)
- A central aim of the program is to create a community of engaged and insightful faculty, who are eager to explore the ways in which different forms of expertise and experience can be mutually enriching. How do you see yourself contributing to this kind of community? (250 words max.)