Funding opportunities, Buffett Award new to undergrads in fall 2015

September 16, 2015

The Buffett Institute has introduced several new initiatives exclusively for Northwestern undergraduates thanks to Roberta Buffett Elliott's recent gift. Undergraduates now have access to increased funding for international internships and global research, such as the Buffett International SIGP Award and community-based research fellowships. This fall quarter Buffett undergraduates will have the opportunity to vote for an emerging leader in global development and social change to receive the $10,000 Buffett Award.

Buffett Award for Emerging Global Leaders 

Developed in 2015, the Buffett Award is to be presented annually to an individual in recognition of remarkable, emerging leadership in the areas of:

  • Global health
  • Social or economic development
  • Human rights
  • Climate change
  • Food security
  • Other issues of global significance

By recognizing excellence early in someone’s career, the Buffett Award acknowledges the devotion of time and effort necessary to make a difference and helps encourage their continued contribution.

Buffett Institute undergraduate affiliates are eligible to nominate individuals for this honor. Any undergraduate can apply online to become an affiliate.

Voting takes place online during the first two weeks of the academic year and is open to all undergraduate affiliates. The award winner will be announced in October during Homecoming Weekend, and then will be invited to Northwestern in mid-April to accept the award and participate in a half-day workshop relevant to their area of expertise.

If you have any questions about Buffett Institute undergraduate initiatives, please email Emory Erker-Lynch at

Undergraduate Students