Scholarships and Competitions

This list of scholarships and competitions is updated annually.  If any of the links do not work for you, enter the name of the scholarship or competition into a search engine to find the most recent information.  To hunt within this list for a topic, hold down the CRTL key and the F key and when a search box appears, enter your term (labor, trademark, etc...).

University of Pittsburgh Funding - More information about these three programs is available at the CILE Office in room 318 or by e-mail.

Nordenberg Fellowships to pay for an internship abroad.

CILE Fellowships to help defray the costs of studying abroad.

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships - to study a foreign culture and language at Pitt.

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Scholarships and Competitions in Deadline Order


The Pittsburgh Foundation Jack Wilson Fund

Scholarship for innovative international opportunities that fosters the appreciation of and better understanding among different cultures generally to promote peace and community development. (study abroad) Application Deadline: Mid January.

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships are  for "study of world regions critical to U.S. interests." Awards: up to $20,000 for study abroad up to $30,000 for language study and research. Deadline: January Website:  

Ladas Memorial Award: Sponsored by the International Trademark Association. Writing on any topic involving trademark law. Prize: $2,000 cash award, and financial support up to $1,000 for the student’s attendance at an educational program sponsored by the Brand Names Education Foundation or the International Trademark Association. Deadline: January.

Entertainment Law Initiative & GRAMMY Foundation Legal Writing Contest
Legal analysis and a proposed solution involving any issue in the music industry. Award: 1st Prize $5,000 , 2nd Prize (four awarded) $1,500. Deadline: January

Helton Fellowships - Call for Applicants
The Society is now accepting applications for 2014 Helton Fellowships, which are micro-grants to assist law students and young professionals seeking their first professional exposure to field work and research on issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, international criminal law, and related areas. Only the first 50 completed applications received by January 13 will be considered. For details, including an application, visit here.

Nationality Rooms Scholarships
The Nationality Rooms have awarded many grants for summer study abroad since 1948. The purpose of these awards is to give students an in-depth immersion in another culture for at least five weeks. Some awards require previous language experience but many do not. The number of scholarships available varies each year. In recent years, awards have gone to students who have wanted to study in Africa, Armenia, Austria, Chile, Denmark, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Scandinavia, and Scotland. The amounts of the individual awards typically range from $3,500 to $5,000.

- Graduate students must: be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
- Be current full-time students at the University of Pittsburgh.
- Have a QPA of at least 3.0.
- Return to the University of Pittsburgh as full time students for a minimum of two terms immediately after study abroad
- Propose a career-related, credit-worthy study program of at least five weeks.

The application materials are available in November for an end of January deadline. Application materials can be obtained from the Nationality Rooms Program Office, 1209 Cathedral of Learning, 412-624-6150 or on their websitate at  The interview process usually begins in early December.

Rona R. Mears International Law Student Writing Competition
Two prizes of $1,000 each will be awarded to authors of the essays that have original and persuasive ana lysis of the topic designated for each year's competition.  Link to the instructions at  The list of past winners is here.

Southeast Europe Fellowships American Coucils Southeastern Europe Research program provides support for independent research projects that will "enable the U.S. to better understand the rgion and formulate effective policies within it." Grants cover transportation, housing, academic affiliation costs, and a stipend, usually between $5,000 and $25,000. Deadline: for spring & summer October 1, for fall the deadline is January 15.

The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship is a new transatlantic Humanity in Action program. The Fellowship is an educational program for 24 American and European graduate students about the changing international dynamics of diplomacy and diversity. In Washington and Paris, the Fellows will explore how American and European governments and societies are responding to a wide range of transnational and national diversity issues. The program’s guiding mission is to increase awareness of the importance of diversity in diplomacy and other international fields and to encourage and sustain the careers of professionals from minority backgrounds in foreign affairs. The 4-week program will take place in May and June 2014. Deadline for submission is : January 31, 2014.

General dates: May 17 – June 14, 2014
Washington Program: May 17 – May 30, 2014
Paris Program: May 31 – June 14, 2014

More information about this fellowship can be found here: diplomacy_and_diversity_fellowship.pdf, diplomacy_diversity_potential_topics.pdf, about_humanity_in_action.pdf


Chinese Summer Language Study Scholarship

This scholarship provides a $5000 award for an approved program of Chinese language study in the United States or China. Students must have completed at least 2 years of Chinese language study or the equivalent by the inception of the award period. The deadline for submission is February 3, 2014. If you would like to know more information regarding this scholarship please visit the Asian Studies Center website.

Japanese Summer Language Study Scholarship

These scholarships provide $2,000 tuition awards to graduate students for an approved program of Japanese language study in the United States or Japan. Students must have completed at least 2 years of Japanese language study or the equivalent by the inception of the award period.  Preference will be given to students applying for specialized advanced language workshops.  Summer Intensive Japanese at the University of Pittsburgh is not included in this award. The deadline for submission is February 3, 2014. If you would like to know more information regarding this scholarship please visit the Asian Studies Center website.

China Studies Tuition Remission Scholarship

These awards cover tuition expenses for all or part of one or two terms of full-time study at the University of Pittsburgh for: (1) graduate students, of any nationality, in any field of China studies; or (2) graduate students, in any field, from Greater China, which includes the People's Republic of China, the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The deadline for submission is February 3, 2014. If you would like to know more information regarding this scholarship please visit the Asian Studies Center website.

Maggio Fellowship - American Immigration Lawyers Association

The Maggio Fellowship provides funding to current law students with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and/or immigrants’ rights. The student must spend a minimum of 10 weeks over the summer working for a non-profit organization with projects that further the purposes of the fellowship. More information and applications can be found here. This fellowship is open to students working for non-profits related to immigration. The due date for this fellowship is: Monday February 17, 2014.

Fellowship amount: $1,500.00

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Fellowships
Provides funding and access to the immense Ransom library in Austin, Texas for approximately forty projects per year. Annual themes invite research proposals on topics such as cross-cultural expression in times of war. Submit a proposal to apply for this fellowship. Award: $3,000 Deadline: February

Arthur C. Helton Fellowship - for fieldwork research on human rights and humanitarian affairs issues. Award: $1,000. Deadline: February

Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Essay Award- for the best essay on human rights law within the year's assigned topic, winners get an all expense paid trip to the Academy's Specialized Human Rights Program.


Summer East Asian Language Study (SEALS) Japan Tuition Remission Scholarship

A small number of full-tuition scholarships are available for summer SEALS Japan students who will be enrolled in JPNSE 1061 or JPNSE 1062. The deadline for submission is March 14, 2014. If you would like to know more information regarding this scholarship please visit the Asian Studies Center website.

Critical Language Scholarships
Scholarships for intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Department of State funding to participate in beginning, intermediate and/or advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners. Travel and educational expenses paid.

Center for International Legal Education
To encourage JD students to engage in international study, the Center for International Legal Education offers fellowships for students pursuing study, research, or internships abroad. Awards are typically in an amount of $500.00 to $1,500.00, depending upon need, merit, and the number of students selected for funding. Fellowship information will be announced in the E-Docket on-line early in the spring semester. The deadline is mid March. Applications can be obtained from the CILE office in Room 318 of the School of Law.

James Baker Hughes Writing Competition
Annual competition on international economic law. “International economic law” is a broad term that can include all legal aspects of economic relations, from private business matters to international trade conflicts. The article must be an unpublished student-written manuscript. Prize: $500 and publication in the Houston Journal of International Law Deadline: beginning of March.

The Washington Foreign Law Society - Ibrahim Shihata Prize for Outstanding Student Writing in Islamic Law
Award: $2,500. The winner will be an honored guest at the WFLS Annual Dinner Gala
Deadline: March

Association of Family & Conciliation Courts & Hofstra law School / Family Law Writing Competition- Essays on any family law topic, especially those involving international law or interdisciplinary topics. Award: $500 Deadline: March

Nordenberg Fellows Program
Provides funding for students interning abroad. In addition to serving at a two-month (or longer) internships, students must attend at no less than two (2) lectures/events sponsored by the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) during the academic year following completion of the internship (each Fellowship recipient should notify CILE of the date and title of the lectures/events attended); and must, within 30 days after the completion of the internship, provide to the Center for International Legal Education a written report describing their experience in the program for which they are receiving funds.    Download application. Deadline: March.


Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program in Luxembourg

Applications for the Dean Acheson Legal Stage (traineeship/internship) Program in Luxembourg at the Court of Justice of the European Union for 2016-2017 must be must be received by the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg by April 1, 2016. These stage opportunities for periods of not more than three months are offered to a limited number of students or recent graduates from select U.S. law schools. The flyer for 2016 is linked here and the application is linked here (PDF download).

International Association of Defense Counsel
There are four prizes for this contest $2,000, $1,000, $500 and a plaque. The top three also receive a plaque, and all four will be considered for publication in the IADC’s publication. The essays must be written on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation. IADC was formed for the purpose of soliciting contributions to educate the public and the legal community and to fund programs and present public forums dealing with litigation. Deadline: mid-April.


Customs and International Trade Bar Association and Brooklyn Law School: Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition. Awards: $500 & $1,000. Application Deadline: Beginning of May. Website:

The Independent Institute Templeton Fellowship - Essays on any topic involving economic and personal rights. Awards: 1st - $2,500; 2nd - $1,500 and 3rd - $1,000< Deadline: May


George Hutchinson Writing Competition: Co-sponsored by a private firm and the Federal Circuit Bar Association. Papers, 20-50 pages in length, must deal with a topic that lies within the substance, procedure or scope of the specialized jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prize: $3,000 Deadline: June.

The Waren E. Burger Prize - For essays on excellence and ethics in the legal profession. Award: $5,000 and publication in the South Carolina Law Review. Deadline: June

American Judges Association/Law Student Essay Competition -"The Rule of Law in Times of Conflict." Deadline June. Awards: 1st Prize-$3,000, 2nd Prize-$1,500, 3rd Prize-$1,000.

ABA Air and Space Law Forum Committee  Law Student Writing Competition  Award: $5,000 and published in The Air and Space Lawyer.  Entry deadline: June Co-sponsored by Rolls-Royce North America, Inc.

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The Labor Lawyer annual student writing competition
accepts papers on any topic involving labor or employment law. Prize: publication Deadline: August

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Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship-The Program provides young American professionals (ages 23-34) with two high-level work placements in the federal government and private sector in Germany. Three seminars taking place throughout Europe provide an in-depth understanding of issues facing Germnay and the European Union today. Deadline: October.

Southeast Europe Fellowships American Coucils Southeastern Europe Research program provides support for independent research projects that will "enable the U.S. to better understand the rgion and formulate effective policies within it." Grants cover transportation, housing, academic affiliation costs, and a stipend, usually between $5,000 and $25,000. Deadline: for spring & summer October 1, for fall the deadline is January 15.


Ayn Rand Institute/Atlas Shrugged Contest- For essays analysing questions about the novel Atlas Shrugged. Specific questions to be addressed are on the competition's website. Awards: 1st. Prize $5,000, 2nd Prize $1,000 3rd Prize $400 (plus other cash prizes for finalists and semi-finalists) Deadline: November.


Critical Language Scholarship Program. Scholarships for intensive summer language institutes in which students will learn languages of critical importance to current U.S. foreign affairs.

New York State Bar Association’s International Law and Practice Section: Albert S. Pergam Writing Competition
Any area of public or private international law or practice. Award of $2,000 or Publication of the article. Application Deadline: Early December. CILE has more detailed information available.

American Association of University Women
Fellowships for Foreign Study. Application Deadline: Early December. Website:

CDS International: Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX)
A one year Work-Study Scholarship Program in Germany State Department Sponsored Scholarship Program includes: Stipends, International Flights, German Language Training, Semester at a German College, Professional Internship, Host Family Stay. Application Deadline: December 1st. Website: