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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Buffett Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

Seeking to make substantive contributions to an international or global research project led by a faculty mentor at Northwestern?

The Buffett Institute for Global Affairs is launching a new international research program for undergraduates, starting in summer 2024 and continuing through the 2024–25 academic year. Designed to provide students with a significant global or international learning experience through faculty-led research, the Buffett Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program will match a cohort of undergraduates with summer research assistantships.  

Through the program, undergraduate students will become meaningfully involved in a faculty mentor’s international or global research project and/or creative process and learn how collaborative research is conducted in or across disciplines. Dependent upon each Research Fellow’s availability and their faculty mentor’s needs, some cohort members will continue through the 2024–25 academic year, carrying on in their research assistantship for additional quarters and participating in a series of practical and professional development workshops.

Application deadline: March 17, 2024

Each Buffett Undergraduate Research Fellow will be eligible to earn up to $4,000 total through a paid research assistantship ($16 per hour for up to 250 hours, carried out over the summer and/or any subsequent quarters during the 2024–25 academic year). If international travel is required for Research Fellows to fulfill the duties of their assistantships, some projects may be eligible for travel support of up to an additional $2,000.

Research Fellows will work and meet regularly with their faculty mentor to carry out meaningful research under their supervision—they will not be expected to simply make photocopies or proofread manuscripts. The day-to-day responsibilities of each Research Fellow will differ based on the research project for which they are selected. 

Descriptions of faculty projects will become available in late February and applications will be due by March 17. Faculty can pre-select a Research Fellow or list a Research Fellow position for which any student can apply. Once all job search applications are reviewed, faculty will interview and select their Research Fellow(s). The application will require students to upload a cover letter and resume and to indicate the research project(s) in which they are most interested. Faculty mentors will conduct interviews with job search applicants at the start of spring quarter and notifications of selection will be made by mid-April. 

Questions? Please e-mail Patrick Eccles, Senior Associate Director for Global Engagement Programs in Northwestern Buffett's Global Learning Office.

Undergraduate students currently enrolled in their first, second or third year at Northwestern and in good academic and disciplinary standing are eligible to apply to the Buffett Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.

Review criteria will differ based on the research project(s) for which a student applies. Prior research experience is not required, but certain faculty mentors may have requirements for skills needed to effectively support their research project, such as proficiency in a specific foreign language. 

Undergraduates seeking to participate in the program must submit their application via the forthcoming online portal by March 17, 2024. 

As a part of the application, all students will be asked to indicate the research project(s) for which they would like to apply and upload a cover letter and resume highlighting any relevant previous experience, skills or coursework. 

Please check back on this page in late February for descriptions of faculty projects and the link to the application portal. You may view a pdf of the full application before applying. The application window will open by February 29 and close at 11:59 p.m. on March 17.