We believe that graduate funding is a collaborative effort between our doctoral students and the University. Because the mentored experience of writing grant applications as a graduate student is irreplaceable, and the receipt of external awards constitutes a significant advantage on the job market, doctoral students in our program are required to apply for external grants no later than the fourth year of the program.
With regards to this rule, please note:
- Students who matriculate with a multi-year, nationally recognized award are exempt from this requirement
- Students who apply for external funding in collaboration with their advisor or other faculty member have met this requirement
- Awards can be of any amount and duration
- Students do not have to win an external award to fulfill this requirement
The Northwestern Office of Fellowships is your best source for information on the external funding opportunities available to you; in addition, they have an archive of previous applications to many of the funding sources they advertise. Below, you'll find links both to the Graduate School's listing of Northwestern-funded fellowships and grants and to the Office of Fellowships pages most directly pertinent to our students. Finally, a list of fellowships and grants of which our students have been recent recipients has been included, broken down by the stage in the program during which application is possible. To access them, see the links in the navigation bar on the left.
Internal Fellowships & Grants
- TGS Fellowships Listing
- Buffett Center for International/Comparative Studies
(they offer conference and research travel grants, the latter specifically geared towards students doing work outside the U.S. on international and comparative topics)