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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Buffett Graduate Summer Assistant

Buffett Graduate Summer Assistant (1) – June-September 2020

 The Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs seeks one Graduate Assistant (GA) to support its summer research projects.

The GA will be expected to work on multiple emerging research initiatives. This may include contributing to a project documenting COVID-19 policies in lower- and middle- income countries, as well as to other new COVID-19 projects emerging out of Buffett idea dialogues.  

The GA appointment will run from June to September 2020. 



Candidates must be excellent communicators, be self-driven and be able to work independently. We especially welcome applications from candidates who:



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. Statement of purpose: Please describe your research career goals, how this GAship will help you meet your goals, and what contributions you hope to make to the project. (500 words or less)
  2. Dissertation abstract (500 words or less)
  3. Current CV (5 pages or less)
  4. Contact details for two references (no letters required)
  5. Optional statement on disruption to summer research plans: Please describe any impact Covid-19 has had on your summer research plans and/or on your summer funding. (500 words or less).



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.