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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Graduate Fellowships

The Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs offers Graduate Fellowships for the most accomplished doctoral students pursuing interdisciplinary, global research projects in any and all disciplines enrolled in The Graduate School at Northwestern University. Buffett Graduate Fellows demonstrate outstanding intellectual ability and a commitment to addressing critical global challenges of our time. Meet our Current Graduate Fellows and Assistants.   

Buffett Graduate Fellows pursue their research and participate actively in projects and programs at the Buffett Institute.

The Buffett Institute Fellowship provides an enhanced stipend and a full tuition scholarship. 


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 your research career goals and motivations. (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.