The Heinz Fellowship was established in 1982 by an endowment from the H. J. Heinz Company Foundation to the University of Pittsburgh’s (“Pitt”) University Center for International Studies (UCIS). The Fellowship is offered annually and is managed by the Global Studies Center (GSC) at the UCIS. Pitt is one of the leading research universities in the United States with 13 professional schools, 31 departments in the humanities and social and natural sciences, over 4,800 faculty members, over 28,000 students, and library holdings of over 6.8 million volumes. Pitt is located in an urban center of cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity.
Heinz Fellowships are granted to individuals from developing countries who demonstrate potential as future leaders in the public, government, non-profit, or private sectors. The goal is to improve, early in a career, a Fellow’s capacity to contribute to the development of their country and to enhance their understanding of the U.S. The Fellowship has been restructured beginning with the 2012-13 academic year to align with specific Master’s programs of Pitt professional schools. The GSC no longer directly accepts Heinz applications. If you are interested in applying for the Fellowship, please contact the professional school you applied to after receipt of your acceptance. University of Pittsburgh professional schools with potential Heinz support include the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), the School of Law, and the School of Nursing.
Fellows will receive one to two years of support in the form of a living stipend of $19,200 (paid in monthly installments) and a $1,000 program and professional activities fund. Please note that if the Fellow comes from a country that does not have a tax treaty with the U.S., the Fellow must pay U.S. taxes amounting to 14% of the stipend. No transportation costs, living or other allowances, services or insurance funds are provided for dependents, whether or not they accompany the Fellow.
- Master’s program application deadline: Candidates should please check the deadline for the school and academic year they intend to apply (Before May 2017).
- May 2017: Winner notified
- May 2017: Winners announced on Web site
- August 1, 2017: Fellowship year begins
- July 31, 2018: Fellowship year ends
Value of Award
Support in the form of a living stipend of $19,200 (paid in monthly installments) and a $1,000 program and professional activities fund.
The competition for a Heinz Fellowship is open to men and women from developing countries whose record of accomplishment early in their career indicates strong potential for leadership and achievement in business, government, public services, or other relevant professions.
- Applicants must have been accepted to a Master’s program beginning the academic year for which they seek the Heinz Fellowship by the GSPH, the GSPIA or the School of Nursing.
- Applicants must have completed a university degree.
- Applicants must be proficient in speaking, reading and writing English.
- Preference will be given to those 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.
How to Apply
- Candidates are advised to please indicate that they would like to be considered for the Heinz Fellows Program when candidates are submitting their Master’s program application.
- Candidates should please contact the professional school they applied to after receipt of their acceptance if they are interested in applying for the Fellowship. University of Pittsburgh professional schools with potential Heinz support include the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), the School of Law, and the School of Nursing.
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