Call for Proposals - Pitt Graduate Student Symposium sponsored by the WHC

The World History Center seeks proposals from graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh to hold a Graduate Student Symposium in the spring/summer of 2019.  The WHC will provide up to $5,000 in funding and offer Center resources and staff to assist with planning and logistics.  The symposium must be world historical in scope and focus in some way on trans-regional connections through a shared global past.  We welcome proposals that take a variety of forms including roundtable discussions, workshops, and other creative approaches to academic discussion.  All proposals must include the following:

  • A clearly articulated intellectual justification for why the project is important and what the expected impact will be 
  • A work plan that proposes a range of possible dates for the event as well as dates for planning benchmark.  The proposal should include a tentative schedule of activities including, if available, names of proposed featured speakers, groups, or events
  • A reasonable and well-conceived budget that projects costs for all expense categories including facilities, transportation, lodging, professional services, and food along with a budget justification for each expense
  • A planning committee that consists of at least 3, but no more than 5, graduate students (at least two of whom must be from the Department of History) along with a description of each member’s qualifications, experience, and role. 
  • A plan for outreach that includes a description of the target audience and ideas on how to attract participants

Proposals will be evaluated by considering the intellectual significance of the symposium, the soundness of the work plan and budget, the qualifications and experience of the planning committee, the viability of the schedule, and the effectiveness in identifying the target audience.  Proposed budgets that exceed the $5,000 limit must include supplementary documentation that identifies additional funding sources.

Proposals are due by December14th, 2018 and can be submitted to