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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Graduate Development Funding

The Buffett Institute offers doctoral students Summer Language Training Awards and offers doctoral students and terminal master’s students Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants.

International Conference Travel Grant

The Buffett Institute’s International Conference Travel Grants fund Northwestern doctoral students and terminal master’s students who are traveling to present their research at a professional academic conference in a location outside of the contiguous United States. The maximum grant is $1,000, and students are limited to one conference travel grant per academic year and up to two over their graduate careers. Doctoral students in years 3-7 and terminal master's students are eligible. Learn more >>

Summer Language Funding

The Buffett Institute’s Summer Language Training Award assists PhD students in years 1-3 with expenses related to language training necessary for their dissertation research. Grants are to help defray expenses PhD students incur when pursuing language instruction not available at Northwestern. Applicants (and their advisors) should make clear the significance of the language to the dissertation research. The award (up to $5,000) will be made as a scholarship award and will be paid out through the University's payroll system as taxable income. It is meant to cover tuition and travel costs for students to engage in language learning at other institutions. The application portal will open soon, and applications will be due March 24, 2024.