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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Sponsor a Visiting Scholar

Why sponsor a visiting scholar?

Visiting scholars sponsored through the Buffett Institute gain access to our multidisciplinary, global intellectual community and find new opportunities for collaboration with their faculty hosts and others across the university. 

In addition to pursuing their own professional and research agendas, previous Buffett Visiting Scholars have participated in a broad range of activities at the Institute, including:  

Learn more about current and past Buffett Visiting Scholars.

Who is a Buffett Visiting Scholar? 

To apply to the Buffett Visiting Scholar Program, applicants must have already established a relationship with two Northwestern faculty members who support their affiliation with the Buffett Institute or affiliated programs and groups. We welcome applications sponsored by faculty from any school or department at the university.

Visiting scholars are typically individuals sponsored or employed elsewhere, by another university, a government agency, non-governmental organization or industry. Visiting scholars typically hold a PhD, MD or equivalent terminal degree in their discipline or have received equivalent professional recognition. They are most often at Northwestern for one year or less and paid by their sponsoring organization.  

This application is not open to doctoral students. Northwestern faculty members interested in hosting a doctoral student should contact their department or the Buffett Visitors team if they are a Buffett affiliate.

How to apply:

1. Prospective faculty hosts complete and submit an application 
2. Buffett’s Visiting Scholars Committee reviews applications 
3. Northwestern’s Office for Research reviews applications 
4. Northwestern Buffett and faculty sponsor(s) issue offer letters

Threatened, Displaced or At-Risk Scholars

The Buffett Institute collaborates with campus partners to welcome visitors who have lost their academic or professional positions or cannot remain in their home countries due to threats or actions from authoritarian regimes, persecution for their views or identities or other risks. 

Learn more about supporting threatened, displaced or at-risk scholars here