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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Pre-Application Travel Grant for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

This travel grant provides Northwestern faculty members funding to visit international partners and collaborators abroad in advance of applying for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award

Offered by the Buffett Institute, this travel grant is designed to support Northwestern faculty members in developing or strengthening their Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award applications. It provides funds to visit international partners and collaborators abroad in advance of applying for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award. Explore opportunities to teach, conduct research or carry out professional projects abroad through Fulbright in the 2025–2026 cycle.

Buffett Pre-Application Travel Grant 
Fulbright Application Timeline 
Fulbright Award Cycle 

The application deadline for either of the listed application cycles was March 15, 2024. Travel must take place at least 30 days before the respective Fulbright deadline.

February – September 2024 

2025 – 2026 

February – September 2025 

2026 – 2027 


Award amounts will be determined based on applicants’ proposals, with a maximum award of $2,000 award. Applicants are encouraged to combine this travel grant with other funding resources to meet the full cost of travel, if needed. 

Recipients must submit a brief, one-page report detailing the visit activities, contacts and outcomes to the Buffett Institute upon completed use of the award funds.  

Please review the Fulbright awards list, visit Fulbright Office Hours and/or schedule a meeting with Northwestern Buffett’s Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives Samantha Nissen prior to applying for this grant, especially if you’re interested in Fulbright but not quite sure which award or location would fit you and your work. Applicants may also review Northwestern University on the Fulbright alumni database for additional peer-to-peer connections. 

The grant is open to full-time faculty (tenure-line or clinical/instructional) who are interested in pursuing a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award for work in any geographic region or discipline during the 2025–2026 or 2026–2027 Fulbright application cycles. Applicants should understand their departmental responsibilities and ability to engage in a Fulbright award during the intended cycle prior to applying for this award. 

Successful applicants will have identified a program and/or country of interest for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award and demonstrate how this travel grant will benefit their application. For example, applicants may plan to use this grant to travel and meet with potential research collaborators or hosts in a country of interest, and the travel may be tied to other scholarly activities such as conference attendance. 

For the 2024 application window, preference was given to applicants who intended to apply for a 2025–2026 award and who had not previously received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award. 

The 2024 application deadline was March 24, 2024.

Applicants were required to submit this application. Decision notifications were sent out by April 8, which marked the beginning of Northwestern’s 2024 Fulbright Week. 

Please email Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives Samantha Nissen with any questions.