Graduate Student Funding Opportunities


The ESC offers and administers a wide variety of funding opportunities for graduate students which can support work at all levels of your academic career. Please see below for details about specific programs, but please note that unless otherwise specified, awards are subject to certain restrictions for how expenses can be used. A list of allowable and non-allowable expenses can be found HERE.

Graduate Student Small Grants
The ESC offers small grants to Graduate Students to help defray the costs of presenting papers at professional conferences. Applications will be reviewed at the beginning of each month with notification made by mid-month. Application and guidelines: Application

GSPIA Tuition Overage Scholarships
The ESC offers one-credit-hour tuition scholarships for GSPIA students enrolled in either the European Union Studies Certificate or the West European Studies Certificate.  This scholarship is meant to cover the costs of the one-credit overage that often occurs when GSPIA students register for language courses to satisfy Certificate requirements. For more information, contact Allyson Delnore.

ESC Klinzing Grant Competition in European Union Studies
The European Studies Center (ESC) is proud to announce this year’s dissertation and pre-dissertation grant competitions, named in honor of former Vice-Provost of Research,George Klinzing. Grants are meant to facilitate graduate study on topics related to contemporary Europe.  Appropriate topics include (but are not limited to) European integration, Europe’s global role, inequality and diversity in Europe, the role of the past in Europe’s future.

All application materials must be received or postmarked by the application deadline of 5pm, March 1, 2017.

The dissertation grant will support dissertation research or the writing of a dissertation between May of 2017 and April of 2018.  To apply for the dissertation grant click HERE.

Pre-dissertation grants are available to students who have not yet completed their overview and who wish to do research or undertake an internship in Europe during the upcoming summer.  To apply for a pre-dissertation grant click HERE.

Nationality Rooms Scholarships
The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs began in 1926.  As committees completed their rooms, they turned their attention to creating study abroad 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. For more information on application instructions, click here.

Allowable & Non-Allowable Expenses for Graduate Student Grants and Awards


DAAD Funding Opportunities
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) offers a wide range of scholarships, fellowships, and grants to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.  Due to the long-standing relationship between DAAD and the University of Pittsburgh, Pitt is designated as a Partner University.  As a result, Pitt may nominate one graduate-level scholarship or grant applicant for priority consideration by DAAD.  Applications not nominated will still be entered into the general DAAD competition.  Please see the application guidelines for instructions.  For more information please consult the DAAD website and Steve Lund, Assistant Director and DAAD Coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh.

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