Scholarships

Notice

The Nationalty Rooms will not be decorated for the 2021 Holiday Season given that tours will end on December 15 and will not reopen again until mid-January. The Holiday Open House will take place online from December 5th through the 12th. Please look under the Events menu to view the calendar of events for the week.

The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs began in 1926. As committees completed their rooms, they turned their attention to creating study abroad scholarships. The Nationality Rooms have awarded scholarships for summer study abroad annually since 1948. The purpose of the awards is to enable University of Pittsburgh students to have an in-depth immersion in another culture for at least five weeks. It is important that applicants choose a program that will maximize their contact with the populace abroad and be accepted by the University for credit.

It is the farsightedness and generosity of the Nationality Rooms committees and their friends which have raised more than $3.5 million to provide these important intercultural exchange opportunities.

Please direct all scholarship questions to nriep@pitt.edu.

Application Requirements for Undergraduate Students

Submit the following:

  1. Online Application on PittFund$Me through the my.pitt.edu. The application will include personal and academic information, proposed budget, and a Statement of Purpose and a Personal Statement.  
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation requested and submitted via PittFunds$Me. One must be from a University faculty member and the other may be another faculty member or other professional source.  
  3. Academic Transcript
  4. Nationality Rooms Academic Credit Signature Form. Obtain approval for the proposed study from the Pitt Global Experiences Office. Undergraduates must attach a copy of the program description that gives the dates the course(s) will be taught. Proposed study abroad programs and internships must receive credit.
  5. If an applicant is planning to conduct independent research, a statement on the focus and preparation for the research and explanation of the research methods and use of the data must be submitted.  
     

Eligibility Requirements for Undergraduate Students

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 
  • A current full-time student on a University of Pittsburgh campus before and following the global learning experiences
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.75
  • Must have at least 60 credits by the end of the spring semester of the current academic year (sophomore or junior standing)
  • All proposed undertakings must receive academic credit.
  • Students may apply for two scholarships, but will only be awarded one NRIEP scholarship. 
  • Previous awardees are not eligible for an additional scholarship.  Previous applicants who were not awarded a scholarships, may apply again.

Timelines & Deadlines

  • Undergraduate applications open in early December. Applications are due by January 15, 2022.

Application Requirements for Graduate Students

Submit the following:

  1. Online Application on PittFund$Me through the my.pitt.edu. The application will include personal and academic information, proposed budget, and a Statement of Purpose and a Personal Statement. 
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation requested and submitted via PittFunds$Me. One must be from a University faculty member and the other may be another faculty member or other professional source. 
  3. Academic Transcript
  4. If an applicant is planning to conduct independent research, a statement on the focus and preparation for the research and explanation of the research methods and use of the data must be submitted.  
  5. Approval of the Dean of the school or department for independent research or internship 
     

Eligibility Requirements for Graduate Students

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • A current full-time or part-time student on a University of Pittsburgh campus before and following the global learning experiences
  • Have good academic standing
  • The proposed independent research or internship must relate to academic and professional goals.   
  • Students may apply for two scholarships, but will only be awarded one NRIEP scholarship. 
  • Previous awardees are not eligible for an additional scholarship.  Previous applicants who were not awarded a scholarships, may apply again.
     

Timelines & Deadlines

  • Graduate applications open in early December. Applications are due by January 15, 2022.
Typical Award Applicable Region Eligibility

African Heritage Room Committee / Wendell L. Wray Memorial Award - Graduate

$5000 Africa Graduate

African Heritage Room Committee / Wendell L. Wray Memorial Award - Undergraduate

$5000 Africa Undergraduate

African Heritage Room Committee Scholarship - Graduate

$5000 Africa Graduate

African Heritage Room Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$5000 Africa Undergraduate

Austrian Committee Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 Austria Graduate

Austrian Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Austria Undergraduate

Balest, Greco, and Lattari Italian Studies Fund - Graduate

$4000 Italy Graduate

Balest, Greco, and Lattari Italian Studies Fund - Undergraduate

$4000 Italy Undergraduate

Chinese Room Committee Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 China, Hong Kong, Taiwan Graduate

Chinese Room Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 China, Hong Kong, Taiwan Undergraduate

Czechoslovak Room Committee Scholarship - Graduate

$4500 Slovak Republic, Czech Republic Graduate

Czechoslovak Room Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4500 Slovak Republic, Czech Republic Undergraduate

Dale and Andrea Yanshak Richards Scholarship - Graduate

$3500 Wales Graduate

Dale and Andrea Yanshak Richards Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Wales Undergraduate

David L. Lawrence Memorial Award

$4000 Not location-specific Undergraduate

Dorothy Bradley Brown Physical Therapy Scholarship

$4000 Not location-specific Graduate

Dr. Douglas Radcliff-Umstead Memorial Scholarship Endowment - Graduate

$4000 Italy Undergraduate

Dr. Douglas Radcliff-Umstead Memorial Scholarship Endowment - Undergraduate

$4000 Italy Undergraduate

English Room Committee Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 England Graduate

English Room Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 England Undergraduate

Eugene Manasterski Memorial Award - Graduate

$4000 Ukraine Graduate

Eugene Manasterski Memorial Award - Undergraduate

$4000 Ukraine Undergraduate

Frances and Sully Nesta Scholarship Endowment - Graduate

$4000 Italy Graduate

Frances and Sully Nesta Scholarship Endowment - Undergraduate

$4000 Italy Undergraduate

French Room Committee / Harry C. Goldby Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 France Graduate

French Room Committee / Harry C. Goldby Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 France Undergraduate

George F. and Mary Ann McGunagle Award

$4000 Not location-specific Graduate

Greek Room Committee Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 Greece Graduate

Greek Room Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Greece Undergraduate

Helen Pool Rush Scholarship

$4000 Not location-specific Undergraduate

Henry Arvidson Bergstrom Study Abroad Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 Sweden Graduate

Henry Arvidson Bergstrom Study Abroad Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Sweden Undergraduate

Herbert E. Lieberkind Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 Denmark Graduate

Herbert E. Lieberkind Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Denmark Undergraduate

Hungarian Room Committee Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 Hungary Graduate

Hungarian Room Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Hungary Undergraduate

Indian Room Committee Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 India Graduate

Indian Room Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 India Undergraduate

Irish Room Committee / John F. Kennedy Memorial Summer Study Abroad Award - Undergraduate

$4000 Ireland Undergraduate

Irish Room Committee / John F. Kennedy Memorial Summer Study Abroad Award - Graduate

$4000 Ireland Graduate

Irish Room Committee / Mary Campbell Cross Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 Ireland Graduate

Irish Room Committee / Mary Campbell Cross Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Ireland Undergraduate

Israel Heritage Room Committee Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 Israel Graduate

Israel Heritage Room Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Israel Undergraduate

Italian Room Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 Italy Graduate

Italian Room Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Italy Undergraduate

Ivan Santa-Cruz Memorial Award - Graduate

$4000 Chile Graduate

Ivan Santa-Cruz Memorial Award - Undergraduate

$4000 Chile Undergraduate

James W. Knox Memorial Award

$4000 Not location-specific Graduate

Japanese Room Committee Scholarship - Graduate

$4500 Japan Graduate

Japanese Room Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Japan Undergraduate

John and Josephine McCloskey Memorial Award - Undergraduate

$4000 Lithuania Undergraduate

John H. Tsui Memorial Award for Graduate Students

$5000 China, Hong Kong, Taiwan Graduate

Josephine & John McCloskey Memorial Award - Graduate

$4000 Lithuania Graduate

Judge Genevieve Blatt Award

$4000 Not location-specific Graduate

Korean Room Committee Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 Korea Graduate

Korean Room Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Korea Undergraduate

Lithuanian Room Committee - Graduate

$4000 Lithuania Graduate

Lithuanian Room Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Lithuania Undergraduate

Nationality Council Award for Quo Vadis Guides

$4000 Not location-specific Undergraduate

Polish Room Committee Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 Poland Graduate

Polish Room Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Poland Undergraduate

Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Not location-specific Undergraduate

Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 Not location-specific Graduate

Robert and Helen Sette Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Western Europe, Russia, Latin America Undergraduate

Ruth Crawford Mitchell Memorial Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Not location-specific Undergraduate

Ruth Crawford Mitchell Memorial Scholarship- Graduate

$4000 Not location-specific Graduate

Ryonosuke and Teruko Shiono Scholarship Endowment - Graduate

$4000 Asia Graduate

Ryonosuke and Teruko Shiono Scholarship Endowment - Undergraduate

$4000 Asia Undergraduate

Savina S. Skewis Study Abroad Scholarship

$2000 Not location-specific Undergraduate

Scottish Room Committee / Francis and Vilma Slater Scholarship

$4000 Scotland Undergraduate

Scottish Room Committee / James Affleck Fund Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 Scotland Graduate

Scottish Room Committee / James Affleck Fund Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Scotland Undergraduate

Stanley Prostrednik Memorial Scholarship - Graduate

$5000 Not location-specific Graduate

Stanley Prostrednik Memorial Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Not location-specific Undergraduate

Swiss Room Committee Scholarship - Graduate

$5000 Switzerland Graduate

Swiss Room Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$5000 Switzerland Undergraduate

Syria-Lebanon Room Committee Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 Lebanon Graduate

Syria-Lebanon Room Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Lebanon Undergraduate

Turkish Room Committee Scholarship - Graduate

$3500 Turkey Graduate

Turkish Room Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$3500 Turkey Undergraduate

Welsh Room Committee Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 Wales Graduate

Welsh Room Committee Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Wales Undergraduate

Women's International Club Scholarship - Graduate

$4000 Not location-specific Graduate

Women's International Club Scholarship - Undergraduate

$4000 Not location-specific Undergraduate