Funding Opportunities

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Update for 2020-2021 funding opportunities:

According to University guidelines, the ESC will be able to fund research and travel experiences in certain circumstances, starting with your home campus being in a Guarded rather than an Elevated or High posture at the time of travel.  Any faculty or graduate student research grant awarded for Summer 2021 that involves travel will be contingent upon public safety recommendations by the CDC and the Department of State and subject to University policy (see below). Grantees will be instructed to await approval before purchasing flights or making any other non-refundable expenditures related to the research trip.  Failure to do so may result in expenses that result from a cancellation not being reimbursed.  Even after purchase, University travel can only take place if certain conditions are met at the time of departure.  Local guidelines may also require self-isolation or quarantine periods that grantees should expect to bear the costs of themselves.  The ESC will not cover any expenses associated with mandated self-isolation or quarantine periods in a destination country or upon return to the United States. Please email Allyson Delnore, Associate Director ( or Iris Matijevic, Activities, Events, and Partnerships Coordinator ( if you have any questions.

Please also take note of the University's Standards and Guidelines impacting "Fieldwork and Research Travel"

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.
  • JMEUCE Faculty Research Grants –  Awards for research activities related to the European Union or any aspect of European integration ranging from $2,500 to $4,500.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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 Allyson Delnore (

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 Internationa 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.