Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

For Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships, see our dedicated FLAS page. Graduate students, please see our Graduate Student Funding page.

International Studies Fund (ISF)

Deadline is March 15. 

(In the event a deadline falls on a weekend or a university holiday, the deadline will be the next work day.)

The International Studies Fund (ISF) is intended to help students at the University of Pittsburgh conduct research on international issues or in international settings and/or with international collaborators. “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 or collaborative projects with partners around the world.

Please note: the application requires a faculty recommendation. The online application system will only prompt your selected faculty to submit the required recommendation upon your submission of the application. You should, therefore, aim to submit your application with ample time for faculty to submit the recommendation by the March 15th deadline.

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.

See below for application form and procedure.

Eligibility

Full-time graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh from all Schools and Campuses are eligible to submit a proposal, including international degree-seeking students. Visiting, non-degree, and post-doctoral students are not eligible to apply.

Awardees must be enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh when applying and when using the award.

Only one International Studies Fund award per student and fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) is allowed.

Evaluation Criteria

The ISF selection committee uses the following criteria in evaluating proposals:

  • Is this an original and important project?
  • Does the proposal include sufficient information about the project?
  • Is the information clearly presented and understandable to non-specialists?
  • Are the activities proposed appropriate to the overall project?
  • Will the project lead to or conclude a larger overall agenda?
  • Is the proposed budget reasonable for the activities proposed?
  • If there is research involving interventions or interactions with individuals or the collection of identifiable private information concerning living individuals, has the applicant enclosed proof of IRB clearance?

Amount of Grant

The maximum grant amount is $1,000. Because of the limited availability of funds, smaller requests may be more likely to be funded. Grants awarded must be used by June 30 of the next calendar year.

Allowable Expenses

  • Ground and air transportation to and from research site.
  • Lodging and meal expenses while conducting research.
  • Copy and other duplication costs.
  • Books and subscriptions, if justifiably necessary for the research project.
  • Foreign language tutoring or translation if justifiably necessary for research.
  • Visa and immunization expenses.

Non-allowable Expenses

  • Travel expenses for individuals other than the applicant.
  • Equipment.
  • Membership fees.
  • Tuition or course fees.
  • Travel and living expenses for non-research related activities

Travel Warnings and Restrictions

Student applicants shoudl carefully consider requesting funds to travel to countries with a level 3 State Department travel advisory; UCIS may use that as one criterion when considering applications.  No requests for support for travel to countries with a level 4 State Department advisory will be considered.

Grantee Obligations

  • All research involving interventions or interactions with individuals or the collection of identifiable private information concerning living individuals requires prospective Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. Grantees are responsible for obtaining IRB approval when required, and must provide documentation of IRB approval before a grant can be awarded. For further information, check the IRB web site at www.irb.pitt.edu. Priority will be given to the applicants who include proof of IRB clearance with applications.  Applicants who are in some stage of the review process with IRB are also encouraged to provide proof of this process.  If IRB approval cannot be obtained prior to the ISF deadline due to circumstances outside the applicant’s control, a written explanation with expected approval date must be attached to the application.
  • Grantees are required to submit a final report explaining the use of the funds and the outcomes of the supported activity no later than one month after the activity is completed. Failure to submit a final report will disqualify the ISF recipient from future ISF competitions.
  • Grantees may be invited to present their work, or otherwise share their expertise, by any of the centers or programs housed within UCIS.

Application Procedure

Applications are to be completed online.  The first time that you access one of the following application forms, you will be directed to a welcome screen at our partner, Submittable.com and invited to create a new user account.  After completing this simple process, you will be shown the application form.

Please note:

  • This application requires that you upload multiple pieces of supporting documentation, notably the ISF Budget Spreadsheet, evidence of Institutional Review Board clearance, and an 1100-word (maximum) proposal narrative.  Preparing those documents in advance will likely simplify the application process for you.  You will be able to save your application mid-stream and then return to it before final submission.
  • We are now requiring a letter of recommendation from a faculty member (at Pitt or from another accredited institution) as part of your application materials. Faculty are expected to attest to their willingness to mentor the applicant and elaborate on the originality of the research project.

ISF Application Form

Applications will be reviewed by committee. Awardees will be notified approximately four weeks after the deadline.

Deadline

March 15, annually.

Contact

John Stoner
stonerjc@pitt.edu
University Center for International Studies
4400 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Fax: 412-624-4672

Deadline

Late January

Who is Eligible?

Undergraduate Pitt students.

Requirements/Intended Use of Funds

Strong record in Japanese language (2+ years of study) and area studies on Japan. Award can only be used at the University of Pittsburgh's Oakland campus during the academic year while the student is in residence at the Oakland campus.

Max Funding

$4,000.00

More Information

To learn more and apply visit the Asian Studies Center.

Deadline

Late January

Who is Eligible?

Undergraduate Pitt students.

Requirements/Intended Use of Funds

For studying Japanese at an approved program of study in the United States or Japan during the summer. This award cannot be applied to SEALS Japan courses at the University of Pittsbugh.

Max Funding

$5,000.00

More Information

To learn more and apply visit the Asian Studies Center.

Deadline

Late January

Who is Eligible?

Graduate or Undergraduate students currently enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh.

Requirements/Intended Use of Funds

Must have completed one academic year of study by the inception of the award. his award is available to (1) undergraduate or graduate students, of any nationality, with a demonstrated interest in Korean studies; or (2) undergraduate or graduate students, in any field, from Korea.

Max Funding

In-state tuition for one semester of full-time study

More Information

To learn more and apply visit the Asian Studies Center.

Deadline

Early January

Who is Eligible?

Full-time, Degree-Seeking Student, Undergraduate

Requirements/Intended Use of Funds

Study abroad must relate to career goals with a minimum stay of five weeks in one country or region during the summer term. Foreign language skills if required by the scholarship & 3.0 GPA.

Max Funding

$3,500.00- $5,000.00

More Information

To learn more and apply contact the Study Abroad Office.

Deadline

Fall 2019 (date to be announced)

Who is Eligible?

Undergraduate CLAS Students.

Requirements/Intended Use of Funds

Tuition support for student interns.

Max Funding

Half tuition

More Information

To learn more and apply visit the Center for Latin American Studies.

Deadline

TBA

Who is Eligible?

College of Business Administration students.

Requirements/Intended Use of Funds

This is to help alleviate the cost of your study abroad program. Must have are least a 2.75 GPA.

Max Funding

Varies

More Information

To learn more and apply contact the Study Abroad Office.

Deadline

Multiple deadlines

Who is Eligible?

College of Business Administration, Undergraduate.

Requirements/Intended Use of Funds

Must have at least a 3.0 GPA & a clear disciplinary record on campus.

Max Funding

Pitt Business offers approximately $360,000 annually in scholarship funds for study abroad. Max awards $3,000.00

More Information

To learn more and apply contact the Study Abroad Office.

Deadline

January (abroad programs) or February (domestic programs)

Who is Eligible?

Students enrolled in ROTC programs.

Requirements/Intended Use of Funds

Intensive overseas or domestic study of Russian or Turkish through Pitt's Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute (SLI).

Max Funding

Full tuition and fees for summer language course, plus travel, housing, book, and meal costs.

More Information

To learn more and apply visit the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Deadline

TBA

Who is Eligible?

College of Business Administration, College of General Studies, Diversity Indicator (ethnicity/racial, LGBTQ, financial need, disability), Regional Campus Student, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Information Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, Swanson School of Engineering.

Requirements/Intended Use of Funds

 Study Abroad & Must have are least a 2.75 GPA.

Max Funding

$1,000.00

More Information

To learn more and apply contact the Study Abroad Office.