The World History Center funds students, scholars, and centers engaged in a range of activities related to world history.  We work closely with you as you plan and publicize your activities and as you document your success.

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 and will specify the amount to be awarded at that time.  Click here to learn more about sponsorship.    

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. Requests for support should be sent to and should briefly explain the event’s intellectual connection to the WHC's mission and priorities, as well as its anticipated audience and impact, and the proposed schedule. Please plan to send a brief report to the WHC after the conclusion of your co-sponsored event.

Working Groups

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.

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 year's Symposium is titled Globalizing World History and planned for August 23rd and 24th.  A call for proposals for next years Symposium will be sent out later this year.