Community-Based Research Fellowship

We have paused this grant while we conduct a review of our funding. We are not accepting applications at this time.


Community-based research (CBR) combines community knowledge and university knowledge to address global issues through actionable research. The Buffett Institute's CBR fellows apply their Northwestern education to real-world issues and collaboratively produce findings to support the sustainability of community-driven initiatives.

Community-based research strives to be:

  • Community-situated: begins with a research topic of practical relevance to a community and is carried out in community settings.
  • Collaborative: community members and researchers share control of the research agenda through active and reciprocal involvement in the research design, implementation, and dissemination.
  • Action-oriented: the process and results are useful to community members in making positive social change and to promote social equity. 



If you have questions, please contact Emory Erker-Lynch at or 847-467-5728.