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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Intersections: A Graduate Symposium on Global Research

The Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs invites graduate student submissions for Intersections, our new Graduate Symposium on Global Research.

Participating graduate students and faculty will engage in lively interdisciplinary exchanges around issues of global concern. Accepted graduate submissions will automatically be considered for one of three $500 prizes.

Submission deadline: Monday, March 28, 2022

Symposium date: Monday, June 6, 2022

More about Intersections

Bringing together graduate students and faculty from across Northwestern, Intersections will encourage interdisciplinary discussions about recent global research pertaining to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The symposium will feature a series of SDG-themed roundtables composed of student discussants and faculty moderators, who will share their emerging research on topics like gender equality, health and well-being, climate change, and just political institutions. Roundtable participants will offer one another feedback and collectively envision innovative approaches to today’s greatest global challenges.


All Northwestern University graduate students (Master’s and PhD) conducting original global studies research and committed to interdisciplinary dialogue are eligible to participate and encouraged to submit work broadly relevant to any of the 17 UN SDGs. 

Submission Guidelines
Participation and Prizes

Northwestern Buffett will award prizes in the amount of $500 and award plaques for submissions that demonstrate excellence, collaboration, and innovation in the following categories: 

Award winners will also be named in the subsequent Buffett newsletter and featured on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Darrisaw at