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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Lower- and Middle-Income Countries COVID-19 Responses Project Graduate Assistant

Lower- and Middle-Income Countries COVID-19 Responses Project Graduate Assistant (1) – June 2020 through August 2021

The Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs announces a competition for one fully funded Graduate Assistantship (GA) to support a new project in collaboration with Northwestern’s Institute for Global Health. 

This project aims to collect, map, and aggregate data on policy responses to the COVID-19 global pandemic in various countries (LMIC). The GA will undertake research and support outreach efforts to inventory data on LMIC leadership, public health structures and resources, policies, planning, testing, and more.

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



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 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. (300 words or less)
  2. Dissertation abstract (300 words or less)
  3. Current CV (5 pages or less)
  4. Contact details for two references
  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. (300 words of less).



The deadline for applicants to submit all application materials is Friday, May 15, 2020 (by 11:59 p.m. CT). 



Email Ariel Schwartz at with questions.