Internal Funding for Graduate Students

Foreign Language and Area Studies
Contingent upon US Department of Education funding, the Center for Russian and East European Studies offers academic year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. The graduate FLAS Fellowship is a prestigious award funded by the US Department of Education that provides recipients with full graduate tuition in addition to a living stipend. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to receive FLAS Fellowships.  To apply for an academic year FLAS, you must submit a FLAS graduate application to the department or professional school in which you are currently enrolled or to which you are seeking admission. Currently, academic year FLAS-eligible languages include: Russian, Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian (BCS), Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, Turkish, and Ukrainian.  Fellowship competitions are held each winter; check with your department for FLAS application due dates.

FLAS awards are also available for summer language study through Pitt’s Summer Language Institute.

Please contact REESAdvising@pitt.edu for more information.

Other Funding Opportunities at Pitt

Nationality Rooms Scholarships
The Nationality Rooms have awarded scholarships for summer study abroad annually since 1948. The purpose of the awards is to enable University of Pittsburgh students to have an in-depth immersion in another culture for at least five weeks. It is important that applicants choose a program that will maximize their contact with the populace abroad and be accepted by the University for credit.

Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowships 
These fellowships are awarded to students of exceptional promise and ability either when they first enroll in the PhD program or when they have advanced to the dissertation stage. Students are nominated for this award by their home departments. 

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid administers Owens Fellowships, Loans, and Work-Study Programs.

Provost Development Fund Scholarships are administered by the Office of the Provost. (For women and minorities, advanced doctoral work, or new study programs.)

Study Abroad Scholarships
This year REES will again offer summer study abroad awards for Pitt undergraduates to support study  in East/Central Europe or the countries of the former Soviet Union. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Students may combine REES awards with study-abroad funding from sources internal or external to the University. Preference will be given to applicants whose projects include language training along with the study program or internship abroad.

Graduate Student Small Grants for Research and Conference Attendance
REES small grants are open on a rolling basis to all Pitt graduate students working on topics related to our region.  Graduate students may apply for up to $250 for domestic or $350 for international travel to conduct research or attend a scholarly conference.  Students may apply no more than once per semester; preference will be given to students who have not yet received this money during the given academic year.  Applications should be submitted no more than two months in advance of travel and should consist of a one-page letter sent to REESAdvising@pitt.edu indicating purpose of requested funds, relationship of project/travel to graduate study, and outline of budget including all additional funds requested and/or secured from other sources.

Tuition Remission Fellowships are awarded by REES on a competitive basis.