World History Center Graduate Travel Funding for Fall 2017


Twice each academic year, once in the Fall semester and once in the Spring semester, the World History Center earmarks up to $2000 to be used to reimburse eligible costs for graduate students attending conferences or performing research. The funding requests are competitive and distributed as follows: up to $500 for a research or conference trip in the eastern US; up to $1000 for a research or conference trip elsewhere in North America, and up to $1500 for a research or conference trip outside of North America. Graduate students in any department at the University of Pittsburgh are eligible for these awards. Field of study is open; the applicant need only demonstrate that the proposed activity contributes to insight about the human past at the transregional or global scale.

The application consists of a one-page letter of application and a CV (including an indication of the applicant’s faculty advisor). The letter of application should include a budget statement that clearly enumerates all transportation, lodging, meeting registration and other costs of the proposed trip (whether or not the total costs exceed the maximum award amount).  Please make every effort to economize and be aware that the WHC may not fund your entire proposed budget. Your application should also include pertinent details about the proposed activity (for instance a link to a conference program) and your objective for attending, with attention to explaining how participation in the proposed activity will contribute to the world-historical aspect of your larger research agenda. 

Awardees are expected to write a one-paragraph report about their funded activity within two weeks of its conclusion.

The Fall 2017 deadline for applications is November 15, 2017. Funding will be announced by December15 for travel to take place during the 2017-2018 academic year. Please submit applications electronically to