Funding priorities

GAP is designed to help Pitt scholars build and sustain meaningful global partnerships, to enrich the intellectual environment at Pitt through bringing innovative events and programming to campus, and to support and amplify the priorities of the Global Studies Center. The program supports academic events at Pitt that fulfill each of the following three criteria:

  • Interdisciplinary: The project's interdisciplinary character must be demonstrated in the proposal.
  • Global Content: Applications must describe explicitly how the proposed activities relate one or more of the GSC's focus areas using an interdisciplinary approach that is transnational in scope. The focus areas are:
    • Global Health
    • Human Rights and Human Security
    • Inequalities
  • International Partners: Proposals must include participants from at least one international partner institution and demonstrate the value and sustainability of their proposed partnerships. Institutions may be universities, governments, international organizations, NGOs, think-tanks, or other entities whose participation is justified by the project as described in the application. Proposals that involve support for student researchers in exchanges with international partner institutions are also encouraged.
Credible demonstration of publications, curricular enhancements, and other positive impact on the intellectual life of the University that will result from a proposed project strengthens and application.


Full-time and part-time TS and NTS faculty (including lecturers and instructors) are eligible to apply. Adjunct, visiting, and emeritus faculty are not eligible. Each proposal may be submitted only once. However, an applicant may be a member of more than one GAP team, if the proposals submitted by the different teams are unique.

What Can Be Funded?

GAP awards may be used for related travel (e.g., airfare, accomodations, and meals); for honoraria for academic event organizers and participants; and for direct event expenses (e.g., room and equipment rental and receptions), phone/postage, printing, and staff support. Funding may also be used for relevant international student exchanges with partner institutions or for research support. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek matching external funding.

What Cannot Be Funded?

GAP awards may not be used for the purchase of equipment.

Grantee Obligations

Grantees are expected to:

  • Work with the GSC on the planning and progress of events and programs;
  • Work with the GSC to publicize programs and disseminate proceedings and findings;
  • Acknowledge the GSC, the Office of the Provost, and UCIS in all project-related publicity, events and publications;
  • Submit a two-page summary of results within two months after the termination of the grant;
  • Expend all funds awarded for AY2017-18 ($10,000) by June 15, 2018; and all funds for AY2018-19 ($30,000) by June 15, 2019.

Application Procedure

  1.  Complete the application form below.
  2. Write a proposal narrative of not more than five pages (single-spaced, minimum 11-point font) that:
    • demonstrates that the project fulfills GAP funding priorities (described above);
    • describes the purpose of the academic events and programs (with approximate dates);
    • identifies institutions and individuals involved, and in what capacity;
    • explains expected costs and available non-GAP funding.
  3. Gather a current Curriculum Vitae for each key participating team member.
  4. Provide an estimated budget for the proposed academic event, including any planning meetings and post-event activities. See above guidelines for allowable expenses. Indicate all actual or anticipated matching contributions from other sources.
  5. Submit the completed application form, narrative, budget, and CVs below.
Any documentation additional to the materials requested above will not be reviewed. The completed application form and supporting materials must be submitted online by March 1, 2017.

Amount of Funding:

The maximum grant amount is $500.00. Because of the limited availability of funds, smaller requests may be more likely to be funded.

Application Deadline:



The Global Studies Center is granting funds for students enrolled in the certificate or BPHIL program, to travel to support presenting at, or attending conferences, workshops or symposium, or for conducting research related to their global focus. The funds are limited to travel in the United States and must be expended by June 30th.


Global Studies students enrolled as full or part-time graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh and students from Pitt’s regional campuses pursuing international studies are eligible to submit a proposal (including international degree-seeking students).

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

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

Evaluation Criteria:

Funds will be allocated using the following criteria:

Are the activities proposed appropriate to the student’s academic focus?
Will the activities lead to or conclude a larger overall agenda?
Is the proposed budget reasonable for the activities proposed?

Allowable Expenses:

Ground and air transportation
Lodging and meal expenses
Conference registration fees

Non Allowable Expenses:

Travel expenses for individuals other than the applicant
Membership fees
Tuition or course fees
Travel and living expenses for non-research or activities not related to the student’s focus area

Grantee Obligations:

Grantees are required to submit receipts for reimbursement, and a report (no more than 150 words) explaining the use of the funds and the outcomes of the supported activity no later than one month after the activity is completed. Students will not be reimbursed without submitting receipts incurred for travel. Failure to submit a final report will disqualify the GSC Travel funds recipient from future GSC funding competitions.

The supplemental tuition remission will cover the equivalent of one to five credits of language study. Students must be studying one of eight less commonly taught languages (LCTL): Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian (Farsi), Portuguese, Swahili, and Turkish. Along with the language study, awardees will be expected to take at least one Global Studies area course each semester of the award. The scholarship amount will be credited to the student’s PeopleSoft account. The award is available fall, spring and summer terms.

ExampleGSPIA student who carries 12 credits and wants to take a five -credit Arabic course. In this case, the award would cover a maximum of two credits of tuition remission.

12 credits towards major (including one Global Studies course)
5 credits in Arabic
17 total credits (15 full-time tuition credits through tuition; 2 credits covered by GSC tuition remission)


  1. Enrolled as a full graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh (A&S and/or professional schools).
  2. Enrolled in one of nine LCTL languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian (Farsi), Portuguese, Swahili, and Turkish.
  3. Successful completion or proficiency equivalent to completing four semesters of college-level instruction in a commonly taught language or less commonly taught language. 
  4. Minimum QPA: 3.5
  5. Enrollment in the GSC graduate certificate program.

The CERIS Curriculum Development Grants Program is designed to enable faculty members from CERIS institutions to pursue curricular development and enhancement projects related to Islamic Studies. Islamic Studies is understood, as expressed in the CERIS mission statement, to encompass many languages, literatures, and disciplines; and extends from the 7th century to the present, and across broad geographical areas of the world.


Full-time and part time faculty members of CERIS institutions are eligible to submit a proposal. Only one Curriculum Development Grants award is permitted per institution per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).

Amount of Grant

Each year $2,000 will be made available. Requests for funding may be made for any level, though smaller requests may be more likely to be funded. Funds must be used within one year of the award date.

Curriculum Development and Enhancement

- Library resources – print, electronic, visual media
- Guest speakers – must be advertized and open to other CERIS members
- Field visits by faculty or students
- Attendance at a conference or workshop


Grants will not be awarded for the purpose of funding travel expenses in the event that an applicant has already been awarded an external grant, such as a Fulbright, for this purpose. The applicant may, however, upon returning from such travel apply, for a grant to further the goals of the CERIS Curriculum Development Grants Program.

Grantee Obligations

Persons receiving a grant are required to submit a final report no later than one month after the activity is completed, explaining how the funds were used and what the supported activity outcomes were. Failure to submit a final report would result in disqualification from future consideration.


Applications are accepted year-round. Awards are made twice yearly, at fall and spring CERIS meetings.

Global Studies Student Ambassador

For students (graduate or undergraduate) currently enrolled in one of the Global Studies Center's academic programs.  The Global Studies Student Ambassador (GSSA) Fellowship pays a partial term's tuition, and involves partnering closely with the GSC over the course of the academic year or term. We have extended the deadline for the Global Studies Student Ambassador position and the Publications Intern. Winners will be expected to begin their Fellowship within the first week of the Fall term. The Fellowship amount will be credited to the student's PeopleSoft account for the Fall 2016 term, with the possibility of 2nd term extension. Student Fellows will be required to contribute to GSC activities for 10 hours per week during the term by assisting with guest lectures, films and weekend outreach workshops, student recruitment, and other special projects.

Information Specialist Intern

Open to any student currently enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh. The intern will assist GSC administrators with website site updating and development; technical support; technical consultation; information processing and management of Chromebooks. A complete description of the activities is available. The internship will require 10-15 hours per week. The Information Specialist Intern will receive partial tuition remission that will be credited to the student's PeopleSoft account for the awarded academic term.
Students must be able to demonstrate professional work etiquette including: strong interpersonal, public speaking, and writing skills, and ability to work independently, arrive promptly and take initiative.   

Publications/Public Relations Intern

Open to any student currently enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh. The intern will help with the various publications produced by the Center, including an annual report, publicity materials, and newsletters. The intern will have the opportunity to write public relations copy, create articles, and engage with staff on multiple projects with an international and educational focus. The internship position will require excellent written and oral communication skills. The intern must be knowledgeable in the Adobe Creative software suite, specifically InDesign and Photoshop, and ideally will have an understanding of web content and design. The internship will require 10-15 hours per week. The Publications/Public Relations Intern will receive partial tuition remission that will be credited to the student's PeopleSoft account for the awarded academic term.

Film Production Intern

The intern will be responsible for editing and completing videos for GSC’s Global Issues Rapid Response Series; for filming and editing student narrative clips, guest lectures and GSC promotional videos; and for arranging online teleconferencing.  Student must be trained in film production and editing and demonstrate ability to produce short film clips.  He or she will need to perform other related duties as needed. The intern should have basic knowledge of film and video platforms; be self-directed and reliable; and have the ability to work independently. The internship will require 10-15 hours per week. The Film Production Intern will receive partial tuition remission that will be credited to the student's PeopleSoft account for the awarded academic term.

To apply, submit the following materials:
    1. Completed Application Form, including working e-mail and phone number where you can be contacted to arrange an interview. (The 2015 application can be viewed for reference here.)
    2. Cover letter explaining the ways in which you are qualified and the reasons you want this fellowship
    3. Curriculum Vitae, including relevant work and course experience
    4. Most recent transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)

    GSC has reopened the call for applications for the GSSA positions and publication intern.