Heinz Fellowship

H.J. Heinz Company Foundation Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Heinz Fellowship was established in 1982 by an endowment from the H. J. Heinz Company Foundation to the University of Pittsburgh's (“Pitt”) University Center for International Studies (UCIS). The Fellowship is offered annually and is managed by the Global Studies Center (GSC) at the UCIS. Pitt is one of the leading research universities in the United States with 13 professional schools, 31 departments in the humanities and social and natural sciences, over 4,800 faculty members, over 28,000 students, and library holdings of over 6.8 million volumes. Pitt is located in an urban center of cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity.

Heinz Fellowships are granted to individuals from developing countries who demonstrate potential as future leaders in the public, government, non-profit, or private sectors. The goal is to improve, early in a career, a Fellow’s capacity to contribute to the development of their country and to enhance their understanding of the U.S. The Fellowship has been restructured beginning with the 2012-13 academic year to align with specific Master’s programs of Pitt professional schools. The GSC no longer directly accepts Heinz applications. If you are interested in applying for the Fellowship, please contact the professional school you applied to after receipt of your acceptance. University of Pittsburgh professional schools with potential Heinz support include the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), the School of Law, and the School of Nursing.

Fellows will receive one to two years of support in the form of a living stipend of $19,200 (paid in monthly installments) and a $1,000 program and professional activities fund. Please note that if the Fellow comes from a country that does not have a tax treaty with the U.S., the Fellow must pay U.S. taxes amounting to 14% of the stipend. No transportation costs, living or other allowances, services or insurance funds are provided for dependents, whether or not they accompany the Fellow.


The competition for a Heinz Fellowship is open to men and women from developing countries whose record of accomplishment early in their career indicates strong potential for leadership and achievement in business, government, public services, or other relevant professions.

  1. Applicants must have been accepted to a Master’s program beginning the academic year for which they seek the Heinz Fellowship by the GSPH, the GSPIA or the School of Nursing.
  2. Applicants must have completed a university degree.
  3. Applicants must be proficient in speaking, reading and writing English.
  4. Preference will be given to those applicants at the early or mid-stages of their career.
  5. The Fellowship is intended for individuals in the practitioner and policy domains. It is not awarded for basic academic research, academic sabbaticals or medical research.

Fellow Obligations

During the residency, the Fellow is expected to give at least one presentation on a subject related to his or her professional experience to members of the University. In addition, the Fellow is strongly encouraged to participate in community outreach activities in the region by lecturing about his or her home country to an audience of high school students or interested adults.

Acceptance of the grant by the candidate constitutes an agreement between the grantee and the University. It is expected that, barring unforeseen emergencies, grantees will remain for the full tenure of the award. A grantee who leaves the U.S. or terminates the grant at a date earlier than that specified in the grant authorization, without consent of the University, will be required to reimburse the University for any expenditures made by the University on the grantee’s behalf.

Upon completion of the Heinz Fellowship program, Fellows are required to submit a final report describing and evaluating the full range of their activities and experiences during the Fellowship, as well as their plans for applying the Fellowship upon return to their home country. These reports are subsequently distributed to program officials at the University of Pittsburgh and to representatives at the H.J. Heinz Company Foundation. These reports will also be used as references for incoming Fellowship recipients. Upon acceptance of their final report, Fellows will receive a Heinz Program certificate from the UCIS.


  • Master’s program application deadline: Please check the deadline for the school and academic year you intend to apply.
  • May 2015: Winner notified
  • May 2015: Winners announced on Web site
  • August 1, 2015: Fellowship year begins
  • July 31, 2016: Fellowship year ends

Application Process

When submitting your Master’s program application, please indicate that you would like to be considered for the Heinz Fellows Program.

Current Heinz Fellows

Current Fellows 2014-15

Nnenna Anozia

Nnenna Anozia is a native of Nigeria. She graduated from the Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, and later received a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Benin, Benin City. Ms. Anozia earned the Barrister at Law degree from the Nigerian Law School, Bwari, Abuja. While a law student, she focused on various legal areas including her dissertation topic “Alternative Disputes Resolution as a Solution to Decongesting the Courts.” Subsequent to graduation from law school, Ms. Anozia worked for several law firms and was involved in the creation of an aptitude test to assist law firms in the ranking and selection of candidates for legal positions.

Ms. Anozia is currently pursuing a Master of Laws (LL.M.) at the School of Law. She is focusing her legal studies on maritime, tax, intellectual property, energy and natural resources, and patent and trademark related law. Additional academic areas of interest include alternative dispute resolution, American law, and legal analysis, research and writing. In terms of Ms. Anozia’s motivation for pursuing an LL.M. at Pitt, she stated her goal is “… to become a leader effective in implementing policies capable of … alleviating the problems not just of Nigerian society faces but also the world at large.”

Ms. Anozia is the recipient of several awards while a student including Best Student in Legal Methods at the University of Benin. After graduation from law school, she became a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Outside of her legal career, Ms. Anozia was appointed a trustee of the NGO Initiative for Transparency and Accountability, which was one of the groups at the forefront of the Occupy Nigeria movement. She is also a volunteer at the NGO Tamar Global Aid Foundation for abused women and children, where she provides free legal advice to women who have suffered domestic abuse or rape.

Ms. Anozia is fluent in Igbo and English. Her avocations include lawn tennis, piano, drawing, and painting. She is one of three Heinz Fellows in residence during the 2014-15 academic year and, with the other fellows, is an active affiliate of the Global Studies Center.

Kelechi Oriaku

Dr. Kelechi Oriaku is a native of Nigeria and is a graduate of the Dnipropetrovsk State Medical Academy in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. His inspiration for seeking a Masters in Public Health degree from Pitt stems from the myriad health issues afflicting his native land. Dr. Oriaku indicates that Nigeria has the third largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS. Quoting the UN World Population Prospects and the Institute for Health Metric Reports, he also noted “… the maternal and infant mortality indices approximate to 545 per 100,000 live births and 75 per 1,000 live births, respectively. Also, it is estimated that approximately one million women and children die every year from preventable diseases like polio, malaria, measles, bacterial meningitis, malnutrition and other diseases.” His travels to Asia and Europe have convinced Dr. Oriaku that exemplary health care systems and technologies available in countries in those regions must be developed in all regions and countries around the globe. He is also of the belief that “… the difficulties facing Africa can only be permanently resolved by Africans.”

Dr. Oriaku is one of three Heinz Fellows selected for the fall 2014 cohort and will be collaborating with the Global Studies Center on its programming.

Baoxia Cheng

Ms. Baoxia Cheng is a native of China and is a graduate of the School of Nursing of the Three Gorges University in Yi Chang. While a student, she served as the class group secretary, as the Minister of the Student Associations, and was responsible for the plans and activities of 11 student societies. Ms. Cheng graduated first in her class. In terms of extra-curricular contributions, she organized activities for Chinese calligraphy, badminton, animation design, and photography. Ms. Cheng also participated in school speech and writing contests, frequently receiving a first prize.

After graduation from nursing school, Ms. Cheng worked for five years at the Changzheng hospital, a large facility in Shanghai. She also remained active in nursing education, having written seven papers on various aspects of nursing practice. Ms. Cheng was also involved in clinical drug trials with Bayer Pharmaceutical Company.

Ms. Cheng’s near-term goal is to complete a Master’s in Pitt’s School of Nursing with the foci of nursing administration and nursing theory. Her long-term goals are to return to China, seek leadership opportunities in the nursing field, and advance nursing care in her home country.

Ms. Cheng is one of three Heinz Fellows at Pitt in the Fall of 2014 and will be collaborating with the Global Studies Center on its programming.


Past Heinz Fellows

For a listing of past Heinz fellows, please visit this link.


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