Student Funding

Student Funding Opportunities 

The Global Studies Center is happy to offer a variety of funding opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The University of Pittsburgh has been selected as a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship grantee for the next four years, and the Global Studies Center is excited to be one of six international studies centers to offer the fellowships to undergraduate and graduate student during the academic year and summer term.  The FLAS Fellowship program is a prestigious and competitive federal award that allows eligible Pitt undergraduate and graduate students to compete for fellowships that will allow them to devote greater attention to the study of a chosen modern foreign language and area studies specialty.  The Fellowship covers some or all tuition costs, may cover fees, and provides awardees with a stipend. Application information on Summer 2023 and AY 2023-24 fellowships will be available in the Spring of 2023.

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Student Organizations

The Global Studies Center welcomes opportunities to support student driven campus events that align with our mission and our certificate concentrations. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Our limited budget permits us to match funds (typically up to $200) for events that complement and amplify our existing programming.  Requests for support should briefly explain the event’s connection to GSC’s mission and global concentrations, its anticipated audience and impact, and the proposed schedule. We will respond to all requests within one week of receipt.  Recipients will be required to submit a small report including participation audience and numbers.

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Heinz Fellowship

The Global Studies Center awards H.J. Heinz fellowships to students from developing countries who wish to pursue a master’s degree and demonstrate potential as future leaders in the public, government, non-profit, or private sectors.
Candidates applying must meet the following criteria:
  • Applicants must have been accepted to a master’s program (beginning the academic year for which they seek the Heinz Fellowship) in either the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), the School of Law, or the School of Nursing.
  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate university degree.
  • Applicants must be proficient in speaking, reading and writing English.
  • Preference will be given to applicants at the early or mid-stages of their career.
  • The Fellowship is intended for individuals in the practitioner and policy domains. It is not awarded for basic academic research, academic sabbaticals or medical research.


Graduate Student Assistants (GSA)

The Center provides several GSA appointments to support staff and faculty in research initiatives and program operations. Our current GSA’s work on community engagement, information and logistics, and our threatened scholars program.
GSA appointments include tuition remission scholarship, a stipend in the amount of $8,170 per term (AY 2022-23), as well as an individual health insurance coverage in the UPMC Health Plan. There are currently no open GSA positions with the Center. Please check back here for updates on open positions.

Undergraduate Student Ambassadors 

The Center employs undergraduate student ambassadors to market the Center’s academic credentials, mentor incoming undergraduate students enrolled in our programs, organize and participate in UCIS Global Hub events, assist with technical support on digital portfolios, support data collection, assist with alumni and career programming, and support special events as needed. The position provides professional development and mentoring. Apply for the 2023 – 2024 position here: UCIS Submission Manager - 2023-2024 Global Studies Undergraduate Ambassador Position (