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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Global Partnership Funds

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

About This Grant

Sustained partnerships between Northwestern University and foreign universities and academic institutions are an important vehicle for global exchanges of ideas, persons, and perspectives. Beyond what can be accomplished by a single event (like a conference) or trip (as when a faculty member visits another campus), durable partnerships enable long-term intellectual benefits that can only unfold with the establishment of trust and inclusive familiarity. Partnership funds are intended to support those durable partnerships that have proved fruitful in the past or which possess unusual promise in the future.

Funds will be made available on a selective basis to support ongoing partnerships and collaborations between existing Buffett-affiliated interdisciplinary research groups and foreign universities and academic research institutes.

Award Details

Up to $25,000 per group per year; renewable.

Funds may not be used to cover faculty salaries or living expenses but can defray travel costs, conference expenses, and similar expenditures related to sustained, collaborative academic activities that speak to global, international or comparative issues. 


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