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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

“Living with Plagues” Project Graduate Assistantship

The deadline for this opportunity has passed for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs seeks one Graduate Assistant (GA) to support a new project, “Living with Plagues, New Worlds of Possibility.” A collaborative endeavor with faculty from the École Normale Supérieure and Sciences Po, the project aims to explore the worlds of social and political possibility that the novel coronavirus pandemic has uncovered.

The GA will support the project in a number of ways, from conducting research and drafting grant proposals to organizing virtual meetings and an in-person colloquium in 2021. The GA will also be expected to provide assistance with translations between English and French and will serve as a liaison to Northwestern Buffett for administrative needs.

The GA appointment will begin in September 2020 and will continue through the full 2020-2021 academic year.


Ideal Candidates will:



Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships are open to all disciplines enrolled in The Graduate School at Northwestern University.

PhD students are eligible to be funded in their 3rd through 5th years. At the home school’s discretion, Humanities and Social Sciences PhD students may use up to 4 banked quarters to extend their funding through their 6th year.

In order to accept the appointment, selected Graduate 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.



Monthly stipend (at advanced rate from current minimum TGS stipend rate) and tuition


Application: Please compile all of the below materials into a single PDF document and send to Ariel Schwartz at

  1. Cover letter: Please describe experience and skills you possess that are relevant to the project. Please also detail your research career goals and how this GAship will help you meet your goals. (500 words or less)
  2. Research abstract (500 words or less)
  3. Current CV (5 pages or less)
  4. Contact details for two references



The deadline for applicants to submit all application materials is Wednesday, May 20, 2020 (by 11:59 p.m. CT).



Email Ariel Schwartz at with questions.