University of Pittsburgh Fellowships and Scholarships

The University of Pittsburgh provides a number of fellowship and scholarship opportunities to graduate students, and several are compiled below. Follow the links for more information on each, and we also recommend you look on your specific school’s website for any school-specific scholarships and fellowships offered.

Alumni Scholarships

As part of the University's commitment to keep Pitt accessible to the best students from a wide range of diverse backgrounds, the Pitt Alumni Association administers a scholarship program that gives students another meaningful way to benefit from generous alumni. Learn more at Pitt Alumni: Scholarships.

K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship

In 1994, the University of Pittsburgh established the K. Leroy Irvis Fellowships to enhance the academic excellence and diversity of the Pitt's graduate student body and prepare doctoral students for academic and research careers. Each year, schools select distinguished doctoral applicants who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement to participate in this prestigious program, which provides a non-duty bearing fellowship for the student’s first year of doctoral study as well academic guidance and cohort-based mentoring throughout the student’s doctoral studies.

Elizabeth U. Baranger Predoctoral Fellowship

This predoctoral fellowship honors Professor Elizabeth U. Baranger, who in 2004 retired as the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies. Dr. Baranger’s distinguished career at Pitt began in 1955. She served as a professor of physics and Dean of Graduate Studies for the School of Arts and Sciences for 16 years before becoming Vice Provost. Dr. Baranger spent much of her career at Pitt working toward improving the status of women at the University and in STEM fields.

Incoming PhD students of any gender in STEM fields who support the mission of Dr. Baranger to improve the status of women at the University of Pittsburgh and in STEM fields are eligible for this award. The recipient of the award is chosen by the Office of the Provost with input from the deans of participating schools.  The recipient is selected on the basis of academic achievement, potential to contribute significant research to their field, and commitment to Dr. Baranger’s mission.

The award provides a 12-month stipend, a full tuition scholarship and health insurance.

Nationality Room scholarships

The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs have awarded scholarships for summer study abroad annually since 1948. The purpose of the awards is to enable University of Pittsburgh students to have global and intercultural learning experiences around the world. The scholarships are intended to support immersive experiences.


Graduating Pitt undergraduates and alumni can receive up to a $7,500 tuition scholarship per year when they enroll in a participating Pitt graduate or professional program. Choose from the 80+ graduate and professional programs offering the Pitt2Pitt Scholarship, including flexible part-time, online, and hybrid options for advancing your education.


PittFund$Me is a searchable database that connects students with scholarship opportunities. Note: PittFund$Me information is only viewable by current and committed students.

Provost’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Provost’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship provides dedicated time for research doctoral students to focus full-time on finishing their dissertation during their last term of doctoral studies. The fellowship supports doctoral students who have exhausted existing sources of funding and anticipate completing their dissertation in the term in which they receive the fellowship. The fellowship includes Full-Time Dissertation Study (FTDS) tuition and fees (excluding the student activity fee), individual medical insurance coverage, and a stipend equal to the TA stipend for one term.

UCIS Fellowships and Scholarships

Visit the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) website to explore the variety of available fellowship and scholarships. Learn more at Pitt Global: Graduate Funding Opportunities.