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. Grants will be awarded in the amount of $1,000-$2,000.

Interested applicants should submit a completed application along with a two-page summary of their project by email to Iris Matijevic, ESC at Applicants may request up to $2,000 with the committee reserving the right to partially fund projects.

For a list of guidlines, please click here.  Applications for Sbragia Fund supported assistance will be accepted until February 7, 2020.  Awardees will be notified by early April.

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 deadline to apply is February 7, 2020.  

  • 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.

For a list of last year's winners and topics, please click here.

FLAS Fellowships
The FLAS Fellowship program is a prestigious and competitive award that allows select Pitt undergraduate and graduate students to devote full time attention to their chosen modern foreign language and area studies specialty.  There are separate competitions for the Academic Year FLAS Fellowship and the Summer FLAS Fellowship.  The Fellowship covers some or all tuition costs, may cover fees, and provides awardees with a stipend.  View details and application information here.

Graduate Student Small Grants
The ESC offers small grants (Up to $300 domestic; $500 international) 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. For a list of rules and guidlines, please see below.

*Thanks to the generous support of the U.S. Dept. of Education through Title VI funding, the ESC is now able to offer more small grants to students in the coming years than ever before.

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.

GSPIA-Sciences Po Student Exchange and Tuition Scholarship
The University of Pittsburgh offers a direct exchange program for GSPIA graduate students with Sciences Po in Paris, France, one of the most prestigious universities in France and in the world. Students have access to the majority of Sciences Po’s Master’s programs, though linguistic or academic prerequisites may exist. Possible programs of study relevant to GSPIA students include: Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), Master of European Affairs, Master of Public Policy, Master in Governing the Large Metropolis, Master of Regional and Urban Strategies.

The application deadline for graduate students to submit an application through the University of Pittsburgh is Friday, February 7, 2020 for the fall term 2020 or the 2020-21 academic year. The application must be coordinated with and approved by the University’s European Studies Center (ESC).  

Courses are taught in English and/or French; proficiency in French is not required to take classes, write papers or take exams for English language courses. A working knowledge of French will assist students with non-academic practical matters.  Students will be responsible for all costs of living in Paris, but tuition will be paid directly to Pitt. Students interested in being considered for a partial or full tuition scholarship from the ESC should indicate their interest on the application.

For more information about available programs, visit the Sciences Po Web Site: For a full list of programs and requirements, visit:  To apply, click here.  For more information about the program, contact  

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.


The ESC support's Pitt's institutional membership in a number of Professional Organizations related to European Studies.  These organizations often provide support for graduate student travel and research.  To see current memberships and find links to the organizations' websites, go to this page.  

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 Joshua Cannon, Scholarship Mentor in the Honors College, and DAAD Coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh.

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