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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships

Northwestern Buffett offers a number of Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships. While our Graduate Fellows contribute to Northwestern Buffett programming and research efforts, our Graduate Assistants directly support the research activities of our Working Groups. Meet our Current Graduate Fellows and Assistants.  

Determined in consultation with Working Group leaders, Graduate Assistant responsibilities may include project management, data gathering and analysis, and writing. Our current local Working Group focuses on Disproportionate Impacts of Environmental Challenges. Our current global Working Groups address Banking and Finance and Gender Justice and Digital Life. Learn more about our Working Groups.  


Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships begin in Fall 2020. Positions are for one to five quarters, potentially renewable. Graduate Assistants are expected to serve 15 to 20 hours per week. 

Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships provide a standard TGS stipend and tuition scholarship. PhD candidates from humanities and social sciences programs may “bank” up to four quarters of University funding to be used during their sixth year at the discretion of their home school. 


Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships are open to PhD students from all disciplines enrolled in The Graduate School at Northwestern University. Second language proficiency is preferred. 

PhD students are eligible to be funded in their 3rd through 5th years. In order to accept the appointment, selected Graduate Fellows and Assistants must have the approval of the program DGS and primary thesis adviser. 

Graduate Fellows and Assistants must meet the eligibility requirements set for all students receiving financial aid and must follow all TGS Regulations Governing Recipients of University Assistance. 

Application details 

Coming soon. 


Contact Ariel Schwartz at with questions.