Other Funding Sources for Undergraduates

In addition to ASC-administered scholarships and fellowships, the Asian Studies Center also offers the following links to assist students in funding their study abroad program, as well as information about international internships. Of special note are the scholarships offered through Pitt's Nationality Rooms.

Nationality Rooms Scholarships

The Summer Study Abroad scholarships sponsored by the Nationality Rooms Committees reflect decades of work by those committees to honor an ideal: education through cultural exchange. After their rooms were built, the committees decided to stay together to raise funds enabling eligible University of Pittsburgh students to study aborad, thereby experiencing other cultures in depth. Click here to visit the Nationality Rooms' Scholarships page for more information, including dates of information sessions.

For questions about all Nationality Rooms scholarships, please contact Cristina Lagnese, Scholarship Administrator, at 412-624-6150 or mcl38@pitt.edu.

  • John H. Tsui Memorial Scholarship for study of Chinese culture: $4000 to study in China or Taiwan
  • David L. Lawrence Memorial Award: $4000 to study in any location abroad
  • Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Award: $4000 to study in any location abroad
  • Helen Pool Rush Award: $4000 to study in any location abroad
  • Savina S. Skewis Award: $4000 to study in any location abroad
  • Women's International Club Scholarship: $4000 to a female undergraduate student to study abroad during the summer at any location.

International Studies Funding

Offered by the University Center for International Studies (UCIS), the International Studies Fund (ISF) is intended to help students at the University of Pittsburgh conduct research on international issues or in international settings. “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. The deadline is March 15 of every year. (In the event a deadline falls on a weekend or a university holiday, the deadline will be the next work day.)

Full-time graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh from all Schools and Campuses are eligible to submit a proposal, including international degree-seeking students. Visiting, non-degree, and post-doctoral students are not eligible to apply.

Awardees must be enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh when applying and when using the award.

Only one International Studies Fund award per student and fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) is allowed.

Please visit the UCIS website to apply.


National Scholarships

The Asian Studies Center also offers links to the following national scholarships.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the regions where they go. Up to $5000 per academic year for study abroad to any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning List.

Project GO (Global Officers) for ROTC Students: The ROTC Language & Culture Project provides scholarships to ROTC students only in three services for critical languages study domestically and abroad. It funds study abroad opportunities for critical language study, including Chinese and Japanese.

U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships: The Critical Language Scholarship Program seeks participants from a variety of fields, backgrounds and career paths, with the goal of building a cadre of Americans who speak critical languages at high levels, in government, business, arts and culture, science and engineering, health and medicine, education, research and other fields.

Boren Awards for International Study: Boren Scholarships provide American undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. At the University of Pittsburgh, they are administered by the University Honors College and have a campus-specific deadline which occurs prior to the national deadline. Please visit the UHC's page for more information.