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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Opportunities for Graduate Students

The Buffett Institute is an intellectual community for graduate students who work on international and global topics. At our talks and seminars, you’ll meet colleagues in other departments and schools as well as learn about cutting-edge scholarship across the disciplines. We also offer a range of funding opportunities. Our aim is to help you build international, interdisciplinary networks that will support you during graduate school and beyond.

Grants and Fellowships

The Buffett Institute has launched a set of new graduate funding opportunities for doctoral students whose research focuses on the world outside the contiguous or continental United States. The most recent application window closed on March 24, 2024. The application window for the International Conference Travel Grant remains open until June 15, 2024.


Student Research Opportunity at COP29 in Baku, Azerbaijan

Graduate students can apply for the opportunity to attend the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings with the Northwestern University delegation as a virtual or in-person delegate. The application window to join the 2024 delegation closed on April 21. Learn more about the opportunity >>

Discover Fulbright Opportunities

For 20 years, Northwestern University has been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright student awardees. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for graduate students to study, conduct research or teach English abroad. In addition, a Northwestern graduate student received an award under the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2023. Learn more about Fulbright opportunities >>

Explore More Opportunities

Graduate and professional students can also take advantage of international opportunities through individual schools and programs. Options include joint-program degrees, medial rotations, externships and exchanges.

  • Feinberg School of Medicine: Center for Global Health offers funding for research and educational opportunities abroad. Learn about global health opportunities.
  • McCormick School of Engineering: Global Initiatives offers a Global Initiative Student Ambassador awards and helps students part in scholarly activities in other countries. Visit the Global Initiatives website.
  • Kellogg School of Management: Global Opportunities offers an executive MBA network on seven Kellogg campuses, exchange programs in 20 countries and the Global Initiatives in Management Program. Learn about the program.
  • Pritzker School of Law: International Programs Office offers exchange programs with seven universities around the world and international joint degree options in Spain and France. Visit the International Programs Office.
  • Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications: Medill Global offers journalism residencies in Argentina, Qatar and South Africa, as well as course-related trips to travel and report abroad. Learn more about Medill Explores experiences. In addition, students in the Integrated Marketing Communications full-time master's program can explore opportunities in London, Paris and more.