Fellowships & Funding

There are several fellowships within African Studies and several scholarships that are outside of African Studies listed on this page. 

Center for African Studies (CAS) Ambassadors

CAS offers a limited number of fellowships for students enrolled in African Studies. Students awarded the fellowships will serve as student ambassadors and receive tuition remission. We are looking for students who are positive, open to learning new things, good communicators, commited to diversity, and passionate about African studies.  Please apply for the fellowships following the guidelines.  



Undergraduate Student Ambassadors:

  • Assist with promotion of CAS events
  • Assist with information sharing via various social media platforms
  • Assist with duties and tasks related to events hosted by African Studies
  • Visit classrooms to promote African Studies and recruit students 
  • Attend monthly staff meetings
  • Assit with other duties as assigned by supervisor


Graduate Student Ambassadors:

  • Coordinate our high school Model African Union program
  • Coordinate our college Model African Union program
  • Assist with promotional activites 
  • Assist with outreach and community engagement
  • Attend monthly staff meetings
  • Assits with other duties as assigned by supervisor


Benefits of becoming a student ambassador:

As a Student Ambassador, you will develop a wide range of transferable skills that will benefit you. Employers, colleges and universities are looking for more than just good grades. They want community involvement and service. Student Ambassadors will gain leadership skills that will help build your resume, university and scholarship applications and expand your worldview. You will earn letters of recommendations, get connected to and serve your campus, and help students and the community learn more about African Studies and international studies at Pitt. You will become a well-rounded and global competent individual.

Apply to be an African Studies Ambassador here, the deadline to apply for Fall 2021 is May 21st

For questions or more information contact our Advisor at awk19@pitt.edu

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA)

The FLTA program brings a visiting fellow to assist with teaching Swahili and expose students to a true understanding of people of different nations, while serving as a resource for students and the community at large. The FLTA coordinates the language tables open to all who wish to learn basic Swahili, and shares their culture and experiences.  They do outreach to the schools to teach about African cultures and societies and share their experience.  Learn more about the FLTA program.


The Carl Paul Malmberg Fellowship

The Carl Paul Malmberg Fellowship supports early-career Lesotho nationals studying in health care, public affairs, education or other areas affecting Lesotho who have demonstrated strong potential for outstanding achievement and a capacity to contribute to the development of Lesotho. Learn more. . . 



Pitt students are eligible to apply for various scholarship funds available such as Pitt sponsored scholarships and national scholarships from various organizations including the U.S. Department of Education. These scholarships are competitive and students are encouraged to apply if interested in additional support to fund your study abroad or other research opportunities.


International Studies Fund

The International Studies Fund (ISF) is intended to help students at the University of Pittsburgh conduct research on international issues or in international settings and/or with international collaborators. “International” is defined as relating to another country or culture, comparative analysis covering more than one country or culture, studies of international relations or of transnational activities, or studies which examine topics related to global issues or collaborative projects with partners around the world.


Nationality Room Scholarships

The Nationality Rooms scholarship are open to undergraduate and graduate students to apply. The purpose of the awards is to give pitt students the opportunity to experience in-depth immersion in another culture.


Pitt Honors College Scholarships

Pitt Honors College offers a wide range of scholarship resources listed in their website.  Students can seek the guidance of the UHC National Scholarship advisors for direct-apply opportunities provided that they contact the office well in advance before the deadline (one to three months, depending on the scholarship). 


Study Abroad Office Scholarships

The Study Abroad Office provides a listing of scholarships available to Pitt students planning to study abroad. Feel free to explore and see what fits your plan.


Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) Program

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides scholarships to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education:



Other Funding Opportunities


*For undergraduates applying to any nationally competitive scholarship, consult with a Scholar-Mentor for assistance and guidance on applying.


For International Students