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Introduction to the University of Pittsburg Heinz Fellowship 2024/2025 for Masters Students in Africa
Heinz Fellowships are granted to individuals from developing countries who demonstrate potential as future leaders in the public, government, non-profit, or private sectors. The goal is to improve, early in a career, a Fellow’s capacity to contribute to the development of their country and to enhance their understanding of the U.S. The fellowship has been restructured beginning with the 2012–13 academic year to align with specific master’s programs at Pitt professional schools. The GSC no longer directly accepts Heinz applications. Candidates who are interested in applying for the fellowship should please get in touch with the professional school they applied to after receiving your acceptance.
The University of Pittsburg Global Studies Center (GSC) is offering fellowship opportunities to individuals from developing countries who demonstrate potential as future leaders in the public, government, non-profit, or private sectors. The fellowship offers support in the form of a living stipend of $19,200 (paid in monthly instalments) and a $1,000 program and professional activities fund.
Eligible Field of Study
Several professional schools at the University of Pittsburgh have the potential for support from the Heinz Foundation. These schools include the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), which offers programs in areas such as environmental health, epidemiology, and health policy and management. The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) provides students with knowledge and skills related to global affairs, security, and development. The School of Law offers a rigorous curriculum that covers topics such as property law, criminal law, and civil procedure. Finally, the School of Nursing trains students to become compassionate and competent nurses who can work in various healthcare settings.
The competition for a Heinz Fellowship is open to men and women from developing countries whose record of accomplishment early in their career indicates strong potential for leadership and achievement in business, government, public services, or other relevant professions.
- Applicants must have been accepted to a Master’s program beginning the academic year for which they seek the Heinz Fellowship by the GSPH, the GSPIA, or the School of Nursing.
- Applicants must have completed a university degree.
- Applicants must be proficient in speaking, reading, and writing English.
- Preference will be given to those applicants at the early or mid-stages of their careers.
- The fellowship is intended for individuals in the practitioner and policy domains. It is not awarded for basic academic research, academic sabbaticals, or medical research.
- During the residency, the fellow is expected to give at least one presentation on a subject related to his or her professional experience to members of the university. In addition, the fellow is strongly encouraged to participate in community outreach activities in the region by lecturing about his or her home country to an audience of high school students or interested adults.
- Acceptance of the grant by the candidate constitutes an agreement between the grantee and the university. It is expected that, barring unforeseen emergencies, grantees will remain for the full tenure of the award. A grantee who leaves the U.S. or terminates the grant at a date earlier than that specified in the grant authorization, without consent of the university, will be required to reimburse the university for any expenditures made by the university on the grantee’s behalf.
- Upon completion of the Heinz Fellowship program, Fellows are required to submit a final report describing and evaluating the full range of their activities and experiences during the Fellowship, as well as their plans for applying for the Fellowship upon return to their home country. These reports are subsequently distributed to program officials at the University of Pittsburgh and to representatives at the H.J. Heinz Company Foundation. These reports will also be used as references for incoming fellowship recipients. Upon acceptance of their final report, fellows will receive a Heinz Program certificate from the UCIS.
- Master’s program application deadline: Candidates should check the deadline for the school and academic year they intend to apply to.
- May: The winner notified
- August 1: Fellowship year begins
- June 30: The fellowship year ends.
How to Apply
- Candidates are advised to please indicate that they would like to be considered for the Heinz Fellows Program when submitting their Master’s program application.
- Candidates should please contact the professional school they applied to after receiving their acceptance if they are interested in applying for the fellowship. University of Pittsburgh professional schools with potential Heinz support include the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), the School of Law, and the School of Nursing.
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