Global Opportunities

Global Opportunities are programs where you get to select where you would like to go. These opportunities don't have specific locations, but instead you can go wherever your project leads you.

Each year, Northwestern University and the Circumnavigators Club Foundation jointly award a fellowship worth up to $9000 for an around-the-world travel research project over the three-month period between the junior and senior year. Students apply during the fall quarter, submitting a proposal and preliminary itinerary according to the guidelines listed on the web site. The winner prepares for the research project during the winter/spring quarters of his or her junior year and spends the three summer months in actual travel and on-the-scene study.

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The Radulovacki Scholars Program for Global Health Research is designed to create research opportunities for Northwestern students. This fellowship, administered by the Program in Global Health Studies, funds strong, well-prepared, and creative projects. Groups consisting of 3-4 students working on a single project are highly encouraged to apply for this fellowship, though all projects will be considered.

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Academic Year Undergraduate Research Grants (Academic Year URGs) fund independent academic and creative work in all fields of study.  Under faculty supervision, URG winners immerse themselves in novel scholarly projects in the laboratory, the library, or the studio, on campus and around the world.

All undergraduate students are eligible for these grants.

Grants provide up to $1,000 of support for research expenses, such as lab materials, travel to archives or field sites, study participant compensation among many others.

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Summer Undergraduate Research Grants (Summer URGs) fund independent academic and creative work in all fields of study.  Under faculty supervision, URG winners immerse themselves in novel scholarly projects in the laboratory, the library, or the studio, on campus and around the world.  Projects must be at least eight weeks long, and students may not do any outside work during this time period.

Grants provide a $3,500 stipend with additional travel funds available for international projects.

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The Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University (ISEN) is dedicated to the growth and support of education, research and outreach for energy and sustainability across the Northwestern community. ISEN’s mission is to catalyze the development of transformational science, technology, education and policy for sustainability and energy.

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The John & Martha Mabie Fellowship for Public Health Research, introduced in 2006, is designed to create research opportunities in Public Health for Northwestern students. This highly competitive award is based on quality of the research proposal, relevant previous experience, and academic merit. Applicant may design research projects for implementation abroad or in the United States. The fellowship is open to all degree-seeking Northwestern undergraduate students who are enrolled at the university at the time of the fellowship. All applicants must complete the Global Health course Qualitative Research Methods OR submit proof of comparable classwork before the project begins.

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Northwestern University encourages its undergraduates not only to carry out scholarly and creative projects but also to present research results or perform productions at recognized regional, national, and international conferences or meetings. Participation in scholarly conferences provides an important opportunity for students to communicate research findings to others in the field, network with other researchers, and expand an understanding of the scope and nature of academic research.

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Undergraduate Language Grants (ULG) support the intensive and experiential learning of foreign languages.  The Office of the Provost will award Undergraduate Language Grants to help defray the costs of summer intensive language study abroad or in the United States. Study programs must be at least six weeks in duration, and language instruction must be the predominant (if not the sole) aim of the program.  Grants will cover up to 75% of expenses up to $3,000.

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Jointly funded by Northwestern University and the Circumnavigators Club Foundation, the Circumnavigators Travel-Study Grant Program offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  The winner will receive a $9,000 award to travel to at least five different countries (excluding the U.S.

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The Program in Global Health Studies encourages all students to get involved with global health and international initiatives both in and outside the classroom. In hopes of facilitating student involvement with global health and internationally-minded organizations, conferences, events, speakers, and initiatives, the Program in Global Health Studies offers limited financial support.

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A Global Alumni Ambassador is a volunteer who is willing to act as a liaison for Northwestern University and the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) in his/her particular geographical region, city, or country, preferably in areas not currently represented by our NAA International Alumni Clubs.

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NU Abroad is a collaborative engagement opportunity designed to connect current students to Northwestern alumni living abroad. Find our more about the progam on its webpage.

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