Malmberg Fellowship

Carl Malmberg Fellowship

The Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh has endowment funding to support an early-career Lesotho national working in health care, education, or other pressing issues impacting Lesotho for one semester beginning in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017. The exact dates are negotiable. The endowment is able to support international transportation, lodging, health insurance and a stipend to cover food and living expenses. The successful candidate is expected to participate in a range of workshops, classes and other curricular opportunities tailored, in so far as possible, to the candidate’s area of expertise. Classes are provided free of charge, but do not carry university credit towards a degree. The successful candidate will return to Lesotho with documentation of the completed work-enhancement opportunities and may be asked to participate in the selection of the next year’s candidates.

Carl Paul Malmberg served in the Peace Corps as a teacher of science and mathematics in Lesotho and later as a research technician in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Laboratories in Beltsville, Maryland. A native of Pittsburgh, he studied at Gustavus Adolphus College and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. He had strong interests in science, music, and sports, and was intensely concerned for the welfare of others. Following his untimely death in 1984, his family established the present Fellowship Program in his memory, using funds from his estate. In this manner, his contribution to society - especially to the country of Lesotho, which he had come to love - is extended beyond his mortal existence.
- Dictated by Mr. Paul Malmberg, December 15, 1989


The Carl Malmberg Fellowship Program brings an accomplished professional from Lesotho to the University of Pittsburgh at an early point in her or his career for an academic term of study and related practical professional experiences. The Fellow is selected from young professionals whose record of accomplishment in the early stages of their career indicates strong potential for outstanding achievement and a capacity to contribute to the development of Lesotho. By giving future leaders an experience combining U.S. society and culture and current approaches in the fields in which they work, the program provides a basis for lasting ties between practitioners in the U.S. and their professional counterparts in Lesotho.

Fields of Study and Training

The Fellowship is granted competitively to the candidate with a commitment to public service in health care, education, or other professional fields vital to Lesotho's development. Fellowship recipients will have one academic term (approximately four and one-half months) of non-degree study at the University of Pittsburgh and an internship opportunity at either the University or in the community. The University is one of the largest research universities in the U.S., encompassing 13 professional schools, 28 departments in Arts and Sciences and 2,900 faculty members. The institution is located in an urban center of cultural, ethnic and racial diversity. Malmberg Fellows undertake a program that combines academic and professional development activities directly related to their professional needs and fields of interest. Upon successful completion of the Fellowship, the Fellow will be awarded a certificate of attainment from the University. Courses taken as part of the Malmberg Fellowship do not earn credit towards an academic degree.


Program Time Table

March 31, 2016 - deadline for submission of Fellowship application

April 21, 2016 - winner notified

April 29, 2016 - winner announced on Web

August 15, 2016 or December 26, 2016 - Fellow begins program at the University of Pittsburgh

December 20, 2016 or April 30, 2017 - end of Fellowship and return to Lesotho

Financial Information

The Fellow will receive a stipend of $8,000 for the one academic term; health insurance; round-trip transportation between her or his home and Pittsburgh; $800 for justified travel within the U.S. related to the study program; and $800 for justified books and additional professionally-related materials.

How to Apply

Applicants for this non-degree program should complete the Carl Malmberg Fellowship Application Form and English Language Report Form; provide a short narrative profile describing their work, education and area of professional interest (500 words or less); provide a short statement of proposed Fellowship activities (500 words or less); and submit three letters of recommendation from teachers or employers, including complete contact information. The letters must be signed and submitted independently via Submittable (here) by their authors. Before completing any forms, please read all instructions in the Fellowship's 2016-17 Announcement (PDF) carefully. We must receive all of the required components of your application package by March 31, 2016. Late or incomplete application packages will not be considered.

  • 2016-17 Application Form, including personal statement and signed statement of proposed Fellowship activities.
  • 2016-17 English Language Report Form by a professional English language teacher or U.S. Embassy official (see application instructions).
  • Three letters of recommendation, signed and submitted electronically or mailed by each professional reference (see application instructions).
  • Submit all application materials here via Submittable including English language report and letters of recommendation.

Please refer all questions to:
Veronica Dristas Associate Director
Global Studies Center 
University of Pittsburgh
4103 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260 USA


No transportation, maintenance or insurance funds are provided for dependents. The Fellowship does not include allowances for dependents, whether or not they accompany the grantee. If an applicant wishes to bring a dependent, the applicant will be required as a condition of the grant to submit a statement of their ability to finance transportation, maintenance and insurance for dependents. Please note that U.S. government restrictions make employment opportunities for dependents rare.


The University will assist the successful candidate in finding suitable accommodations. However, the University has no special residence for the Fellow.

Arrival and Departure

The Fellow must arrive no later than August 15, 2016 for a Fall Fellowship, or December 26, 2016 for a Spring Fellowship. The Fellow is required to attend a campus orientation program near the beginning of the term of their Fellowship. Departure is recommended no later than December 20, 2016 for a Fall Fellowship, and April 30, 201& for a Spring Fellowship.

Length of Fellowship

The Fellowship grant is for one academic terms. Each academic term at the University is four and one half months. The Fellowship is not renewable.

Early Terminations

Acceptance of a grant by a candidate constitutes an agreement between the grantee and the University. It is expected that, barring unforeseen emergencies, the grantee will remain for the full tenure of the award. A grantee who leaves the U.S. or terminates the grant at a date earlier than that specified in the grant authorization without consent of the University of Pittsburgh is responsible for any expenditure made on his or her behalf.

Most Recent Fellow

The 2014-2015 Carl Malmberg Memorial Scholarship in African Studies was awarded to Ms. Lebohang Matela-Tale from Lesotho. Trained as a Gender and Social Support Coordinator with extensive experience in the HIV-AIDS area, Ms. Matela-Tale worked with the Christian Council of Lesotho and the FOCCISA Health and Gender Justice Network. She also taught in English at the high school-level. Ms. Matela-Tale recently founded and is the president of the Corridors of Hope Gender Association of Lesotho (a NGO) and has plans for establishing a center in Lesotho to support the education of women in the area of gender-based violence. She is in residence as a Malmberg Fellow during the fall 2014 term. Her Fellowship includes an array of educational opportunities on Pitt’s Oakland campus.

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