More than 70 undergrads awarded grants for international research, study in summer 2018

July 13, 2018

The Buffett Institute’s Global Engagement office has awarded 73 global summer grants and scholarships for undergraduates this summer. This includes 44 GESI scholarships, 9 Community-Based Research (CBR) Fellowships, 8 Buffett International SIGP grants, and 12 Buffett supplemental grants.

These grant and scholarship winners come from every school at Northwestern that enrolls undergraduates, including NU-Qatar.
Buffett-funded students are completing internships, research projects, language studies, and more in 21 countries on five continents during the 2018 summer quarter. Popular country destinations this year include GESI locations Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, Uganda, and Vietnam; as well as Ecuador, Kenya, and Mexico.
Learn more about the students’ internships and research projects by clicking and expanding the colored pins on the map.

Buffett International SIGP winners will complete internships at international organizations such as:

  • MERCOSUR Institute of Public Policy in Human Rights (Argentina)
  • Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos de México
  • Pamoja Community Based Organization (Kenya)
  • World Endeavors Deaf Education Project (Thailand)

CBR Fellows work on research topics that are guided and supported by the local community-based organizations where they work. They will investigate community-sourced questions and concerns like:

  • What can be done to improve reading culture and literacy in rural Kenya?
  • In what ways is machismo within the hip-hop community in Quito, Ecuador and associated gender and sexual violence a public health concern?
  • How can a community-based organization work to ensure participation and involvement of persons with disabilities in democratic processes in Uganda?
  • What are contributing factors to the high dropout rate in the Costa Rican educational system at transitional stages?

Buffett supplemental grants are designed to help students who are already planning on traveling abroad thanks to another grant such as a Weinberg Summer Research Grant, Undergraduate Research Grant, or ISEN grant, but need additional funds to help them complete their project and take care of travel expenses. Student projects include:

  • Ethnographic research on how journalists of different gender, religions, and nationality approach objective reporting in Kashmir
  • Developing and testing a board game that teaches the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
  • Studying how citizens in a post-outbreak Sierra Leone are remembering the Ebola crisis and how it has affected political and health policies
  • Participating in Germany-Global Engineering Trek (GET) : Sustainability, a  clean technology summer immersion program

Deadlines for Buffett summer grants for undergraduates vary by program, so check the Global Engagement homepage for the most up to date information. A limited number of grants are also available to students who want to do international research and other projects during the regular school year.

Students who are interested in applying for next year can also contact Emory Erker-Lynch, senior program manager, undergraduate initiatives at the Buffett Institute.

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