Funding Support and Sponsorship

The World History Center provides funding for students and scholars researching the global past.  We also fund working groups and campus events that demonstrate a clear focus on world-historical concepts.  We work closely with you as you plan and publicize your activities and as you document your success.  Click below to learn more about these funding and support opportunities. Please check back to our website or join our mailing list to stay informed of funding opportunities from the WHC.

Research and Travel Funding Support

The WHC earmarks funding for graduate students and faculty members (including both tenure-stream and non-tenure-stream) to reimburse eligible costs for attending conferences or conducting research. We welcome applicants from all disciplines.  We hold calls for proposals during the fall and spring terms for graduate students and during the spring term for faculty.  We will specify the amount to be awarded at that time.  Please click here for a list of past award winners. 

WHC Spring 2020 Faculty and Graduate Student Travel Funding Call for Proposals
The Spring 2020 deadline for applications is February 28th.

The World History Center is happy to announce a call for proposals from Pitt faculty (including Appointment Stream faculty) and graduate students  or travel funding to be used for participation in an academic conference or conducting research in the field.  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 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.

The application consists of a one-page letter of application and a CV. The letter of application should include the following:

  • 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
  • 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) 
  • pertinent details about the proposed activity (for instance a link to a conference program, the names of institutions or individuals that you will be working with, or title and topic of papers that you will be presenting)
  • graduate students should provide the name of their major faculty advisor and include a statement from the advisor indicating that the student is in good standing and the advisor supports the proposed travel plan

Please make every effort to economize and be aware that the WHC may not fund your entire proposed budget.  Expenses must be incurred during the 2020 Spring and Summer terms.  Awardees are expected to write a one-paragraph report about their funded activity within two weeks of its conclusion.

Please submit applications electronically to  

Event and Research Activity Sponsorship

The WHC offers financial and logistical support for events and research activities at Pitt. We welcome opportunities to co-sponsor talks or events on campus that align with our mission and research priorities.  We will evaluate requests for modest funding for events that focus on historical connections at the transregional or global scale.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and we encourage applications early in the academic year. Please plan to send a brief report to the WHC after the conclusion of your co-sponsored event.

To request funding support for your event or activity, simply fill out this web form.  

Working Groups and Sponsored Clubs

The WHC hosts Working Groups that consist of faculty and graduate students who explore a shared theme of interest related to the global past. Each group receives funding for regular meetings, access to Center facilities, official recognition through the Center, and space on the Center website to publicize activities and disseminate results. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the WHC is hosting the Italian Diaspora Archive Resource Map Project working group. The working group's aim is to explore collaborative networks around—and innovative digital approaches to—cataloguing the wealth of archival materials relating to the Italian diasporic experience. 

Previous working groups include, 2017-18's Working Group on Spatial History that met twice a month in the WHC and focused on incorporating digital methods in research involving spatial history. During 2018-19, the WHC hosted Mapping Religious Pittsburgh, a group that created an online exhibition to  highlight, map, and analyze sites and objects related to religious life in the Pittsburgh region.  In 2019-20, we hosted the interrelated Europe after Eurocentrism (Fall) and Creating Europe (Spring) groups, which discussed common readings as a platform from which to brainstorm historical approachs to the study of Europe. It identified common intellectual currents at Pitt in this subject area as a means of engaging more concrete, practical questions related to speaker series, curriculum development, and graduate training.

Additionally, the WHC is open to sponsoring student run clubs or organizations that have a world-historical dimension.  Similar to our Working Groups, WHC affiliated clubs would have access to Center facilities, space on our website, and a small budget for meeting and research supplies.  A requirement for clubs and organization is that they sponsored by at least one current faculty, graduate student, or staff at Pitt.  To apply, simply submit a one paragraph application that outlines the focus and planned activities of your organization and how they relate to the study of World History.  You can submit this electronically to anytime during the academic year.  

Academic Appointments

The Center supports a Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital History, a Graduate Fellow in World History, and a Graduate Student Assistant in Public History.   

The WHC offers Center affiliation to select scholars and researchers who may hold positions as Research Associates (RA) or Visiting Scholars (VS).  Although these positions are official University of Pittsburgh appointments, they exist outside of any tenure stream and they do not carry any funding or salary obligations by Pitt or the WHC.  They are generally unpaid appointments for a specific time period during which the visitor receives a sponsored University account for email, network access, and library privileges.

For individuals seeking affiliation as an RA or VS, the Center requires the following application materials in order to be considered:

  • A letter detailing the scope and focus of their research, an explanation on how it relates to transregional or global history, and a statement on how the WHC, and Pitt more broadly, can help them achieve their goals.  
  • A current CV
  • Letters of recommendation from a Pitt faculty/researcher and a letter from a non-Pitt faculty/researcher
  • Evidence of funding support for their time in Pittsburgh or expenses related to their research.

These materials can be submitted to at any time.  

Affiliated Reasearch Associates and Visiting Scholars are expected to attend Center functions whenever possible, provide a photo and bio for posting to our website, and they agree to write up a report about their research activities once their appointment has ended.  For more information about the RA and VS programs, please contact  

Graduate Student Symposium

The World History Center sponsors a Graduate Student Symposium each year by providing funding and logistical support for graduate students in the Department of History to organize, plan, and run a conference or symposium focused on a topic of their choosing.  This past year's Symposium was titled Globalizing World History and was held on August 23rd and 24th at the Humanities Center.