Funding Opportunities


Update for 2023 funding opportunities:

Any faculty or graduate student research grant awarded  that involves travel will be contingent upon public safety recommendations by the Department of State and subject to University policy. All grantees will be subject to the requirements and procedures in place at the time of travel. Please email Pawel Lewicki, Associate Director ( or Ingrid Gomez-O'Toole, Activities, Events, and Partnerships Coordinator ( if you have any questions.

Please also take note of the University's Standards and Guidelines

Please follow the links to learn more about deadlines, eligibility requirements, and application procedures for each program.

To note: To be considered for funding, Pitt faculty need to have completed or updated their UCIS Faculty Survey and uploaded a recent CV within the last year.  This survey is an important part of our data collection to report to the U.S. Department of Education.  To update your survey and upload your CV, please go to prior to applying for any of our grants.  Faculty with visiting appointments are only eligible for Small Grants.

  • Faculty Grants for Research on Europe – Awards for research activities related to Europe (not focused on the European Union). Typical grants range from $500 to $2,000.  Deadline is February 29, 2024.
  • Funding for Teaching and Research in Germany – A grant program sponsored by UCIS and administered by the ESC to facilitate University engagement with and in Germany.  Faculty projects involving teaching and/or research in Germany and/or which will increase ties between Pitt and institutions in Germany are encouraged.  Grants typically range in amounts from $3,000 to $8,000. Deadline is February 29, 2024.
  • Small Grants – To provide support for conference travel, research-related expenses, translations, publications, and visitors to campus, these awards in the range of $500 are meant to be combined with other sources to help offset costs.  Rolling deadlines.
  • Course Development/Enhancement Grants – Support is available for new course development (or significant course enhancement) in line with the strategic goals of the Center and University related to European Studies.  For more information, contact Paweł Lewicki ( Deadline February 20, 2024.

Post Award Guidelines for Faculty

In addition to these ESC-sponsored opportunities, European Studies faculty should consider opportunities for funding from our parent unit, the University Center for International Studies, including the Hewlett International Grant Program, the International Collaborations on Sustainable Innovations Grant, or the UCIS Faculty Fellowship

Moreover, the ESC holds institutional memberships in a number of professional organizations which provide eligibility to Pitt faculty for small grants, book prizes, and other funding opportunities.  Check out the information for Opportunities from Outside Sources under the Resources tab or click the hyperlink above.