Fellowships and Awards

Funding opportunities for our graduate students include fellowships, teaching and research awards, teaching and research assistantships, and funding for travel to research conferences.

Andrew Mellon Fellowships are awarded to students of exceptional ability and promise who are enrolled in programs leading to the PhD in various fields of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Social Sciences Doctoral Dissertation (SSDD) Fellowships are awarded to students of exceptional ability and promise who are enrolled in programs leading to the PhD in the social sciences.

The Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship in Chinese Studies Award is administered by the Asian Studies Center and supports PhD students in any field of Chinese studies. Fellowships include a stipend and tuition scholarship for the academic year for which the award is made.

The Alfredo D. and Luz Maria P. Gutierrez Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding full-time graduate student whose research is focused on Latin America. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement and promise of research contributions.

The Best Second-Year Paper Award is given to the student whose second-year paper has the highest publication potential. The name of the winner is engraved on a plaque by the department’s main entrance. Awards are publicly announced at the department's Welcome Picnic at the beginning of each academic year late in August.

The Graduate Student Teaching Award is given to a graduate student who served as primary instructor of a summer course, in recognition for teaching excellence. The name of the winner is engraved on a plaque by the department’s main entrance. Awards are publicly announced at the department's Welcome Picnic at the beginning of each academic year late in August.

Each year the department awards $100 from the Jerome C. Wells Fund to one or more of our TAs in recognition of outstanding teaching of an undergraduate economics course. Faculty members may nominate their TAs for this award at the end of the academic year.

Each year the department offers an Arts & Sciences Summer Fellowships to our graduate students in support of their research. The department may make 10 awards of $3,000 each. 

Graduate students are the primary instructors for most of the department's summer-term undergraduate courses. Summer teaching appointments are based on the student’s expertise in the field and whether the student prefers to teach in the first or second six-week summer session. 

Graduate students are encouraged to participate in external conferences by presenting their research. Small travel grants of up to $500 are available to support travel expenses.

For a list of further funding opportunities, see the A&S Graduate Studies Office financial assistance website at www.asgraduate.pitt.edu/financial-assistance.