Funding for Pitt Faculty

Internal Funding Opportunities

Global Studies Faculty Fellow

AY18 Global Studies Faculty Fellow

Each year, the GSC selects one outstanding University of Pittsburgh faculty member whose scholarship supports the Center’s research, curricular, and outreach priorities as its Faculty Fellow. This award is designed to advance and showcase faculty research related to GSC’s themes.

AY18 themes:

  • Human Rights/Human Security
  • Global Inequalities
  • Global Health

The GSC Faculty Fellow will deliver one public lecture in the course of the award year (August 28, 2017 through June 30, 2018). In addition, the Fellow will participate in several (3-4) major Center events pertaining to her or his research throughout the year (to be arranged in consultation with the Director). The Fellowship will support:

  • Research and projects related to one or more AY18 GSC themes;
  • Domestic and international travel;
  • Development of a new or significantly enhanced course with substantial coverage of one or more GSC themes.

The fellowship includes a course release; up to $15,000 to organize a scholarly event (e.g., workshop, conference, exhibition, performance, seminar, research collaboration) (see guidelines below for some restrictions); and an additional $5,000 for travel, research, and curricular development. The event will be held at the University of Pittsburgh during the fellowship year. (The Center will provide some staff support for the event.)

Eligibility: The Faculty Fellow competition is open to full-time and part-time TS and NTS faculty (including lecturers and contract faculty) who are affiliated with the GSC (for a list of current affiliates or to request an affiliation visit here). Applicants must have received a letter acknowledging their affiliation prior to submitting the application for funding. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate that they have already made significant progress in planning or executing a project that promises to have a significant impact in their field. The Fellowship is intended in part to enhance the visibility or impact of ongoing research or to facilitate outreach. The Faculty Fellow must be in residence in Pittsburgh and not on leave or sabbatical during the award year.

Deadline:  Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

To apply: Faculty members who wish to apply should review the fellowship guidelines, complete the GSC Faculty Grant Application Form, and submit the requested documentation online here via Submittable.

Applicants need not provide specific travel requests as part of the application, however, such requests in writing will be required if subsequent plans are made to use Fellowship funds for travel. For travel for conference participation, awardees must submit the abstract of the paper to be presented and a discussion of its relevance to the Fellow's overall research agenda; as well as evidence of the paper's acceptance by the conference organizers.

For more information, please contact the GSC’s Director of Research and Global Programs, Jessica Pickett at jpickett@pitt.edu.

Travel Grants

GSC Domestic Travel Grants

Purpose: To provide funding for faculty to attend conferences or professional meetings within the United States for the purpose of increasing expertise in fields of study related to the GSC themes of global health, human rights/human security, and inequalities.
Eligibility: Full-time and part-time TS and NTS faculty (including lecturers and contract faculty) who are Global Studies affiliated (please see the GSC Affiliated Faculty list here). If you are not listed and your research and teaching foci relate at least 25 percent to the GSC’s themes and use a trans-national and interdisciplinary approach, please contact Veronica Dristas (dristas@pitt.edu) to request a GSC affiliated faculty form. The affiliated faculty form must be submitted and a letter of acceptance received prior to submission of the application for funding.
Amount of Funding: A maximum of $500 per grant
Deadline: November 21, 2016
Application: Review the grant guidelines, complete the GSC Faculty Grant Application Form, and submit your application materials online here via Submittable.

GSC Domestic Travel Grants for LCTL Faculty

Purpose: To provide funding for LCTL faculty to attend conferences or professional meetings within the United States for the purpose of increasing expertise in fields of study related to LCTL pedagogy.

Eligibility: Full-time and part-time LCTL faculty (including instructors, lecturers, and contract faculty) who are Global Studies affiliated (please see the GSC Affiliated Faculty list here). If you are not listed and your research and teaching focus is a LCTL taught at Pitt, please contact Veronica Dristas (dristas@pitt.edu) to request a GSC affiliated faculty form. The affiliated faculty form must be submitted and a letter of acceptance received prior to submission of the application for funding.
Amount of Funding: A maximum of $500 per grant
Deadline: November 21, 2016
Application: Review the grant guidelines, complete the GSC Faculty Grant Application Form, and submit your application here via Submittable.


GSC International Travel Grants

Purpose: To provide funding for faculty to attend international conferences or to travel with the purpose of designing a new course or expand an existing course that relates to the GSC themes of global health, human rights/human security, and inequalities.
Eligibility: Full-time and part-time TS and NTS faculty (including lecturers and contract faculty) who are Global Studies affiliated (please see the GSC Affiliated Faculty list here). If you are not listed and your research and teaching foci relate at least 25 percent to the GSC’s themes and use a trans-national and interdisciplinary approach, please contact Veronica Dristas (dristas@pitt.edu) to request a GSC affiliated faculty form. The affiliated faculty form must be submitted and a letter of acceptance received prior to submission of the application for funding.
Amount of Funding: A maximum of $1,000 per grant.
Deadline: November 21, 2016
Application: Review the grant guidellines, complete the GSC Faculty Grant Application Form, and submit your application materials online here via Submittable.

Curriculum Development Grants

GSC Curriculum Development Grants 

Purpose: To provide funding for faculty to create a new course or significantly enhance an existing course with substantial coverage of one or more of the GSC themes of global health, human rights/human security, and inequalities.
Eligibility: Full-time and part-time TS and NTS faculty (including lecturers and contract faculty) who are Global Studies affiliated (please see the GSC Affiliated Faculty list here). If you are not listed and your research and teaching foci relate at least 25 percent to the GSC’s themes and use a trans-national and interdisciplinary approach, please contact Veronica Dristas (dristas@pitt.edu) to request a GSC affiliated faculty form. The affiliated faculty form must be submitted and a letter of acceptance received prior to submission of the application for funding.
Amount of Funding: A maximum of $1,500 per grant.
Deadline: November 21, 2016
Application: Review the grant guidelines, complete the GSC Faculty Grant Application Form, and submit your application materials online here via Submittable.

CERIS Curriculum Development Grants

The CERIS grant program is designed to enable faculty from member institutions to pursue curricular development and enhancement projects related to Islamic Studies. Applications are accepted year-round, and awards are made twice yearly (fall and spring). Learn more >

Research Grants

GSC Faculty Research Grants 

Purpose: To support faculty working on research projects related to one of the GSC themes of global health, human rights/human security, and inequalities.
Eligibility: Full-time and part-time TS and NTS faculty (including lecturers and contract faculty) who are Global Studies affiliated (please see the GSC Affiliated Faculty list here). If you are not listed and your research and teaching foci relate at least 25 percent to the GSC’s themes and use a trans-national and interdisciplinary approach, please contact Veronica Dristas (dristas@pitt.edu) to request a GSC affiliated faculty form. The affiliated faculty form must be submitted and a letter of acceptance received prior to submission of the application for funding.
Amount of Funding: A maximum of $2,000 per grant.
Deadline: November 21, 2016
Application: Review the grant guidelines, complete the GSC Faculty Grant Application Form, and submit your application materials online here via Submittable.

Global Academic Partnership (GAP)

The Global Academic Partnership (GAP), first launched in fall of 2001, is an initiative of the Global Studies Center at the University Center for International Studies and the Office of the Provost at the University of Pittsburgh. It aims to strengthen interdisciplinary research and curriculum development on global themes at Pitt, while enhancing international scholarly ties at the University of Pittsburgh and raising the international profile of the Institution. 

GAP AY2017-18 Guidelines

The Global Studies Center (GSC) is pleased to announce the annual GAP grant competition. GAP was revamped in AY2016-17. For AY2017-18 one award under the new framework for $40,000 will be made. This award is generously sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the University Center for International Studies (UCIS). Note that the award will allow for two years of ongoing programming, not simply a single event. We are seeking proposals that deliver two years of innovative programming in a variety of formats. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Jessica Pickett, Director of Research and Global Programs (jpickett@pitt.edu), with any questions well in advance of the deadlines.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Awards will be announced by late March, 2017, with the expectation that all funds awarded for AY2017-18 ($10,000) will be expended by June 15, 2018; and all funds for AY2018-19 ($30,000) will be spent by June 15, 2019. Review the grant guidelines, complete the GSC GAP application form, and submit your application online here.

External Funding

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