Call for Proposals - Spring 2020 World History Center Travel Grants

The World History Center is happy to announce a call for proposals from Pitt faculty (including NTS 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