University-Based Funding

The following awards are provided by the University of Pittsburgh and open to all GSPIA students.  Specific eligibility criteria and application information can be found below.


Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships: Provide full tuition and stipend for one year. Any applicant nominated by GSPIA must be planning to study a foreign language during both terms of the 2008-09 academic year. Funding is provided by the US Department of Education and awarded through the University of Pittsburgh's Title VI centers for Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, and Russian/East European Studies.

GPSA (Graduate and Professional Student Association): This funds a graduate or professional student's participation in academic or professional conferences. Students are eligible for one travel grant per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) based on the date of the conference. Funds are distributed in a first-come/first-serve basis. Please apply after you return from the conference and have all supporting materials. The type of event in which the applicant is participating must be listed in the application form or be approved by a majority of the GPSA Assembly. Unqualified events include internships, fieldwork, job fairs, and dissertation research, and any event taking place in Allegheny County.
Deadline: Applications must be submitted within 60 days of returning from the event for which funding is sought.

Owens Fellowship: A need-based tuition fellowship. Awards are made on a competitive basis.

Contact Info: Contact the University Financial Aid Office for more details at (412) 624-7488 or

Pitt Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship: Provides partial tuition for graduate students who did their undergraduate degree at University of Pittsburgh.

Contact Info: For more information contact or (412) 624-5589.

The George L. Carson Graduate Fellowship: Awarded to a graduate student who is affiliated with an athletics program at the University of Pittsburgh as undergraduates and/or will be students at a University of Pittsburgh graduate or professional school.

Contact Info: Questions should be directed to the Student Life and Compliance Office in the Athletics Department (412) 648-8218.

Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs: This funds immersion for at least five weeks in another country, through an approved study abroad program or through an independent research project (for credit) supervised by a University of Pittsburgh faculty member. 25-30 scholarships are available for approximately $1000-$4000.

Application Process: Initial application becomes available in mid-November of each year and can be downloaded from the scholarship web site. A preliminary interview is scheduled to ensure that the proposed activity fits the criteria. After a successful interview, the remainder of the application (essay questions, budget sheet, reference forms, etc) is due in mid-January. Finalists will be determined the first week of February, and finalist interviews will take place after that.

Contact Info:

Office of Student Services
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Posvar Hall
Telephone: (412) 648-7640

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260