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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Global Impacts Graduate Fellowship Program

Northwestern Buffett’s Global Impacts Graduate Fellowship Program provides financial and programmatic support to an interdisciplinary cohort of approximately 16 graduate students (in their 3rd through 7th years).

Financial support includes an enhanced stipend and tuition coverage for one year (three quarters). Programmatic support focuses on essential dissertation support and on professional development and growth opportunities that will improve young scholars’ prospects on academic and non-academic job markets. The cohort will be offered access to networks, skills, and mentoring to explore career opportunities for global studies PhDs in international affairs, policy, and development. (Programming will be designed to permit remote participation and to accommodate dissertation travel and teaching to the extent possible).


Northwestern doctoral students who will be in their 3rd through 7th years during the 2023-2024 academic year are eligible if they have advanced to candidacy and are in programs that currently supply 20 quarters/5 years of support.

Students should be engaged in scholarship related to Northwestern Buffett’s mission of exploring and addressing global challenges.


  • Enhanced stipend and fringe benefits for the 2023-2024 academic year (three quarters)
  • Tuition coverage for the 2023-2024 academic year (three quarters)
  • Programming in support of dissertation efforts, skill development, and job search support in international studies fields
  • Mentorship and one-on-one consulting opportunities

Fellowship funding may replace TA- or RA-based funding with department permission.

Students offered the Buffett Global Impacts Graduate Fellowship are eligible to bank the three quarters of the fellowship for use in their 6th year, as long as their fellowship support occurs during their first five years of enrollment, and they are in a Humanities or Social Science program. Students in Science and Engineering programs are not eligible for banked funding. 

Interested students must complete and submit an online application, which includes:

  • Statement of interest: Please explain why you are interested in the Northwestern Buffett Global Impacts Graduate Fellowship Program, including the program’s relevance to your work and professional goals. (500 words or less)
  • Current CV (5 pages or less)
  • Research abstract (500 words or less)

Please note: Interested students must request approval to apply from their primary department DGS prior to submission and confirm that they have received approval in the application.

Departments may, through their DGS, proactively nominate students by emailing Harrington Weihl at Nominated students must still apply through the online form and supply the required materials.

The application window is closed.

Email Aaron Darrisaw at with questions.