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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Northwestern Buffett Conference Travel Award

COVID-19 Update: Given limitations on international and domestic travel, Northwestern Buffett currently invites applications for any research and collaboration activities that speak to global issues.

Northwestern Buffett Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants fund Northwestern doctoral students traveling to present their research at a professional academic conference.

The maximum grant is $400, and students are limited to one conference travel grant per academic year and up to two conference travel grants over the course of their graduate careers. This is a seed grant for doctoral students, and students should be seeking competitive grants elsewhere after this investment in their scholarly development.

Graduate students traveling to any international location: By accepting this grant, you explicitly agree to follow all health and safety requirements as outlined by the Office of Global Safety and Security for the location(s) where you will be traveling.

Applications are rolling, due on the first of each month for review within two weeks.

Applicants must be Northwestern doctoral students working on international and comparative topics that in some way engage one or more Sustainable Development Goals.

Applicants who have received a previous grant from Northwestern Buffett must have submitted a post-award report before applying for a new grant.

  • Complete the Northwestern Buffett application. Be sure to include a concise description of the research and a detailed and current budget.
  • The faculty member who best knows you and the project should submit a letter of recommendation to Ariel Schwartz ( Applications that do not receive letters of recommendation are considered incomplete.

Questions about the grant can be sent to Ariel Schwartz at