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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Northwestern Buffett Sustainability Graduate Assistant

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

Northwestern Buffett Sustainability Graduate Assistant (1) – starting September 2020, running through August 2021

The Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs seeks one Graduate Assistant (GA) to support its initiatives related to sustainability and the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) framework.

The GA will assist the Deputy Director and Executive Director on projects that research and develop the role of universities and of Northwestern Buffett in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This may include (a) evaluating strengths and limitations of the SDG framework in relation to universities’ institutional role in the global world; (b) research on mapping a university’s research, teaching, operations and outreach onto SDGs, including emergent standards and innovations in engaging with and reporting on SDGs; and (c) assisting in developing ways to further integrate the ideal of global sustainability and the SDG framework in Buffett’s programming.

The 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



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

  1. Cover letter: Please describe briefly how this GAship will help you meet your career goals, and what contributions you hope to make to the project. (500 words or less)
  2. Current CV (5 pages or less)
  3. Contact details for two faculty references (no letters needed with application)



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.