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.

Alberta Sbragia Fund for Graduate European Studies
The Alberta Sbragia Fund for Graduate European Studies was established in 2011 in honor of Dr. Sbragia’s commitment to education and mentoring of young scholars. Details about the application process can be found below.

Open to University of Pittsburgh graduate students – currently ABD – for dissertation assistance, research or publication support, or travel to and research in relevant European countries. Maximum amount funded: $1,000.

Interested applicants should submit a completed application along with a two-page summary of their project by email to Allyson Delnore. Applicants may request up to $1,000 with the committee reserving the right to partially fund projects. Applications for Sbragia Fund supported assistance will be accepted from February 15 – March 20. Awardees will be notified by April 15.

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.

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.  Historical topics may be eligible for funding, but must relate the past to Europe's present in a clear way. (Please note that graduate students in the Department of History are eligible for a separate grant for historical studies related to Europe. For more information on those funds, please contact the History Graduate Student Advisor.)

  • The Klinzing dissertation grant will support dissertation research or the writing of a dissertation either in the coming summer or academic year.  View dissertation application.
  • 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.  View pre-dissertation 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.

Rules Governing Most ESC Expenses


  • Ground and air transportation to and from research site, lodging.
  • On-campus and on-site research assistance (work study, translator, etc.).
  • Copy and other duplication costs.
  • Books and subscriptions, if justifiably necessary for the research project.
  • Ground and air transportation to and from the conference or workshop site.
  • Visa expenses.
  • Lodging and meal expenses.
  • Duplication of papers for use at the conference or workshop.
  • Registration fee for conference or workshop.
  • Payment to foreign national firms for services provided outside the United States


  • Travel expenses for individuals other than the applicant
  • Payment to foreign national individuals for services provided outside the United States
  • Equipment
  • Any conference travel expenses if applicant does not present a paper at conference or workshop
  • Membership fees
  • Any expenses unrelated to the proposed activities.

International Studies Fund (ISF)
The International Studies Fund (ISF) is intended to help students at the University of Pittsburgh to 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.

*Important: ISF grants may not be used for tuition, language study, internships, and other non-research related expenses. Conference, workshop or symposium travel is not eligible for funding under the ISF program.  The application deadline is March 15.

Please note: Applications will be accepted by email only.  Please download the fillable PDF application (you may type in your name instead of signing the application).  Additional materials such as IRB clearances or airline ticket quotes should be included in the same email as the application and sent to, with “Your Last Name, Your First Name- ISF 2014” in the subject line of your email.  For more information

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.


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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