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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Gender Justice and Digital Life Global Working Group Graduate Assistant

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

Gender Justice and Digital Life Global Working Group Graduate Assistant (1) – September 2020-August 2021

The Gender Justice and Digital Life Global Working Group seeks a Graduate Assistant (GA) to join our international, interdisciplinary team committed to creating a community-centered approach to gender-equitable practices and documenting strategies for combatting gender-based violence. The group examines everyday strategies and campaigns in use in higher education settings across the globe. Those strategies include formal or informal, online or in-person, and in contexts with policies and laws addressing gender-based violence and those without. Ideal candidates will have a commitment to actively creating an environment that is anti-racist, anti-heterosexist, anti-ableist, anti-ageist, feminist, trans and non-binary inclusive, mindful of class, and respectful of differences across religions and cultures.

The GA role will include: soliciting research priorities and context from global partners; developing background research and analysis on resources and tools for combatting gender-based violence and supporting the process of translation into needed languages; contributing to research design on transnational responses to gender-based violence; setting up a basic resource/tools exchange site; generating community conversations on research and policy implications.

The role will be advised by Northwestern Women's Center Director Sekile Nzinga and supported by Northwestern Buffett staff, and will work with a network of Northwestern scholars and partner universities that are part of the group. Initial appointment is for a full academic year, beginning in September 2020, with a possibility of extension depending on team needs and satisfactory GA performance.


Ideal Candidates will possess:



Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships are open to all disciplines enrolled in The Graduate School at Northwestern University. Second language proficiency is preferred but not required.

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


Please compile all of the following application materials into a single PDF document and send to Emory Erker-Lynch at

  1. Cover Letter: 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. Writing sample (1000 words or less)
  3. Current CV (5 pages or less)
  4. Contact details for two references(no letters required)



The deadline for applicants to submit all application materials is Friday,  June 19, 2020 (by 11:59 p.m. CT).