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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Global Impacts Graduate Fellowship Program

The SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 pandemic has created particular challenges for PhD candidates in global studies, hampering their efforts to progress in their research and dissertations and narrowing their academic job prospects.

Northwestern Buffett’s one-time Global Impacts Graduate Fellowship Program will provide financial and programmatic support to an interdisciplinary cohort of about 20 graduate students (in their 3rd through 7th years) for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Financial support includes an enhanced stipend and tuition coverage for one year (three quarters). Programmatic support focuses on essential dissertation support and on professional development and growth opportunities that will improve young scholars’ prospects on academic and non-academic job markets, offering the cohort access to networks, skills, and mentoring to explore career opportunities for global studies PhDs in international affairs, policy, and development. (Programming will be designed to permit remote participation and to accommodate dissertation travel and teaching to the extent possible).


Northwestern doctoral students who will be in their 3rd through 7th years during the 2020-2021 academic year are eligible if they have advanced to candidacy and are in programs that currently supply 20 quarters/5 years of support.

Students should be engaged in scholarship related to Northwestern Buffett’s mission of exploring and addressing global challenges.


Please note: Funding for the fellowship quarters cannot be used to extend future department funding.

Fellowship funding may replace TA- or RA-based funding with department permission

Application: Interested students must complete and submit an online application.

The application includes:

Please note: Interested students must request approval to apply from their primary department DGS prior to submission and confirm that they have received approval in the application.

Departments may, through their DGS, proactively nominate students by emailing Ariel Schwartz ( Nominated students must still apply through the online form and supply the required materials.


The application submission deadline is Tuesday, July 21, 2020 (by 11:59 p.m. CT).


Email Ariel Schwartz at with questions.