Course Development Grants

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The ESC is pleased to announce the availability of course developments funds to faculty working on Europe, one or more European country or the European Union.  Grants of $1,000-$4,000 are available and can be used for library research, travel, student assistance or other expenses related to the substance of the course.  All full and part time TS and NTS faculty affiliated with the Center are eligible to apply (for information about affiliation, please contact Allyson Delnore (  with the expectation that grant recipients will have a complete syllabus and detailed course proposal to submit to the faculty member's school for approval by the start of the Fall semester.

Deadline: Extended to February 15, 2021 11:59 pm EST (requests for support for travel will be subject to restrictions and additional monitoring)

Grants are available to support work related to:

  1. Creating a new course with substantial (more than 25%) coverage of Europe. 
  2. Significantly enhancing an existing course to introduce or expand Europe-related content.
  3. Adding a component of pre-professional advising, preparation, or experience to an existing course with significant European content.
  4. Adding or enhancing the assessment tools utilized to determine the impact of a course related to European studies.

Further information and feedback on how these dimensions might be introduced or what kinds of new courses might be eligible is available from Allyson Delnore (for graduate courses; or Steve Lund (for undergraduate courses;

Note: There is a separate pool of funding for faculty interested in teaching a 1-credit "mini-course" or pop-up course of any format during the current or an upcoming semester. For more information about accessing these funds, please contact Allyson

To apply, complete the full application and load supporting materials (CV, description of the course, statement of support from your Department Chair, proposed budget) on Submittable. 

For questions about the application process, please contact Iris Matijevic, Activites, Events, and Partnerships Coordinator at

While all proposals will be reviewed, the Center is particularly interested in courses that, in whole or in part, serve one or more of the following programmatic foci:

  • European Union, European ingegration, Europeanization, or the European project
  • Transatlantic Studies, including historical, political, economic and cultural aspects
  • Mediterranean Studies
  • Lusosphere Studies (with a strong focus on Iberia)
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Science and Public Policy
  • Critical European Culture Studies
  • Re-imagining area and European Studies at Pitt

In addition to the funding, the Center can offer specific support for course development based on student feedback and Center priorities. Once approved, all new or enhanced courses would be added to our list of courses counting toward our undergraduate certificates, advertised and posted via our electronic and social media outlets, and passed on to departmental and school advisors.  Faculty would be responsible for insuring the incorporation of new courses into their respective department’s approved course list.

View the guidelines.

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"