University of Pittsburg Heinz Fellowship for Masters Students in Africa 2017

Application Timeline: 

  • Master’s program application deadline: Candidates should please check the deadline for the school and academic year they intend to apply (Before May 2017).
  • May 2017: Winner notified
  • May 2017: Winners announced on Web site
  • August 1, 2017: Fellowship year begins
  • July 31, 2018: Fellowship year ends

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Countries in Africa

To be taken at (country): United States

Brief description: 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.

Offered Since: 1982

About the Award: 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 of Pitt professional schools. The GSC no longer directly accepts Heinz applications. Candidates that are interested in applying for the Fellowship should please contact the professional school they applied to after receipt of your acceptance.

Eligible Field of Study: 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.

Type: Masters

Eligibility: 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Applicants must have completed a university degree.
  3. Applicants must be proficient in speaking, reading and writing English.
  4. Preference will be given to those applicants at the early or mid-stages of their career.
  5. 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.

Selection Criteria: 

  • 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 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.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Duration of Scholarship: One (1) to two (2) years of support

Value of Scholarship: Support in the form of a living stipend of $19,200 (paid in monthly installments) and a $1,000 program and professional activities fund.

How to Apply: 

  • Candidates are advised to please indicate that they would like to be considered for the Heinz Fellows Program when candidates are submitting their Master’s program application.
  • Candidates should please contact the professional school they applied to after receipt of 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.

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

Award Provider: University Center for International Studies (UCIS) at the University of Pittsburg

Important Notes: Candidates of this scholarship should please note that if they come from a country that does not have a tax treaty with the U.S., they must pay U.S. taxes amounting to 14% of the stipend. No transportation costs, living or other allowances, services or insurance funds are provided for dependents, whether or not they accompany the Fellow.

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