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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

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 United States.


The maximum grant is $1,000, and students are limited to one conference travel grant per academic year and up to two conference travel grants over the course of their graduate careers.

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. As a reminder, all students undertaking university-related travel abroad—except for undergraduate study abroad—must register their trip in the International Travel Registry to ensure our Office of Global Safety and Security can provide support in the event of a health or safety emergency.

Doctoral students in years 3-7 and terminal master’s students are eligible. Applicants must be working on international and comparative topics and seeking to present their work at an international (non-U.S.-located) conference to qualify for this grant.

Graduate students who are enrolled in a non-terminal master’s program may have their advisor petition for them to apply.

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

The application portal will open soon, and applications will be due March 24, 2024.
Questions about the award can be sent to Aaron Darrisaw at