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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant

About This Grant

Conference Travel Grants fund Northwestern doctoral students traveling internationally to present their research at a professional conference in their field.

Grant Details

The maximum grant is $400, and students are limited to one conference travel grant per academic year and up to two grants over the course of their graduate career.  This is a seed grant for doctoral students, and students should be seeking competitive grants elsewhere after this initial investment in their scholarly development.

Graduate students traveling to any international location: By accepting this grant, you explicitly agree to follow all health and safety requirements as outlined by the Office of Global Safety and Security for the location(s) where you will be traveling.

Applications are rolling, due on the 1st of each month for review within two weeks.


Applicants must be Northwestern doctoral students working on international and comparative topics addressing one or more Sustainable Development Goal.

Applicants who have received a previous grant from Northwestern Buffett must have submitted a post-award report before applying for a new grant.

Application Requirements

  • Complete the Northwestern Buffett application. Be sure to include a concise description of the research and a detailed and current budget. 
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from the faculty member who knows you and the project best. The letter must be submitted by the recommender to Ariel Schwartz at