H. J. Heinz Compnay Foundation Fellowship

November 11, 2008 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

October 24, 2008

With this letter I am calling your personal attention to our call for applications for the 2009/2010 H.J. Heinz Company Foundation Fellowship Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

This fellowship has existed since 1983. It provides young policy practitioners who show promise for future leadership in their home country with a year of professionally related non-credit courses and internships through the University of Pittsburgh. I have included a copy of the fellowship announcement below.

For the 2009/2010 fellowship year, we are especially eager to receive applications from China, India, and or Indonesia. Candidates must be currently involved in some policy or practitioner area addressing global health. Also we are looking for candidates from the developing world who are experts in economics or democracy building.

We would be very grateful if you would help us by forwarding the announcement and application form to appropriate individuals or employing organizations.

Thank you for giving this selection process your serious consideration and help.


Veronica Dristas

Veronica Dristas
H.J Heinz Company Foundation Fellowship Coordinator
Global Studies Program
University Center for International Studies
University of Pittsburgh
4101 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-2918

H.J. Heinz Company Foundation Fellowship 2009-10


The Global Studies Program of the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh requests applications for the H.J. Heinz Company Foundation Fellowship Program. The program begins August 1, 2009 and ends July 31, 2010. The Heinz Fellowship was established in 1982 by an endowment from the H.J. Heinz Company Foundation to the University of Pittsburgh’s University Center for International Studies (UCIS). The Fellowship provides for one year of practical, professional, non-degree educational experiences through the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Heinz Fellowships are granted to individuals from developing countries who have already demonstrated potential as future leaders in the government, non-profit, or private sectors. The goal is to improve, early in a career, the Fellows’ capacities to contribute to the development of their country and to enhance their understanding of the United States. This is accomplished through a year of attending selected courses and participating in practical professional activities while based in  Pittsburgh. Course participation as part of the Heinz Fellowship does not earn credit towards an academic degree.


The Heinz Fellowship competition is open to men and women from developing countries who are early in their careers and whose record of accomplishment indicates strong potential for leadership and achievement in business, government, public service, or other relevant professions upon return to their home country.

1. Applicants must have completed a university degree by the application deadline.
2. Applicants must be suitably proficient in speaking, reading, and
writing English, but can not be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America.
3. Preference will be given to applicants who have already
demonstrated leadership early in their career.
4. The fellowship is intended for individuals in the
practitioner/policy domains. It is not awarded for basic academic research, academic  sabbaticals, nor for medical research or updating. It is not a degree granting program.
5. Applicants should give evidence of current leadership in one of
the following areas:
a. Sustainable Development: For example, issues of population
growth, economic development, education, environmental change.
b. Governance: Including the development of the legal system, the
extension and institutionalization of fundamental rights, the development of civil society, or the development of the voluntary sector.
c. Public Health: Local and national approaches towards infectious
diseases, development of health services, family planning.
d. Conflict Resolution: Arms control and conflict resolution efforts
at the local and regional level.

How to Apply

The Fellowship office must receive all of the following components of an application package by March 2, 2009. Late or incomplete application packages will not be considered.

1. Application (including Personal Statement and Statement of Proposed Fellowship Activities), submitted electronically or mailed by applicant
2. English Language Report, submitted electronically or mailed by
professional English language teacher or U.S. Embassy official (see application instructions)
3. Three Letters of Reference, submitted electronically or mailed by
each professional reference (see application instructions)


March 3, 2009 Deadline for receipt of complete Fellowship application package
April 15, 2009 Winners notified
April 30, 2009 Winners announced on webpage
August 1, 2009 Fellow begins program at the University of Pittsburgh
July 31, 2010 End of Fellowship

Program at the University

Within the first month of arrival, the Fellow will develop and submit a plan of work which identifies the ways and means of sharpening existing professional expertise during the Fellowship residency. A progress report should be submitted at the end of the first semester, and a final report turned in at the end of the Fellowship. Typically, Fellows attend courses within the University and participate in internships in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in the United States. The University of Pittsburgh, one of the leading research universities in the United States, includes 16 professional schools, 28 departments in the arts, social and natural sciences, 3,400 faculty members, 27,000 students, and library holdings of over 4.7 million volumes. Pitt is located in an urban center of cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity. Fellows will be able to draw on all these resources and will be aided by an academic mentor.

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.

Certificate of Completion

Upon acceptance of their final report, Fellows will receive a program certificate from the University Center for International Studies. This is a non-degree program. Courses are observed on an informal basis, and they do not earn credit towards any academic degree.

Financial Information

Fellows will receive a living stipend of $18,000 (paid in monthly installments), mandatory health insurance, round-trip transportation to and from Pittsburgh, and a $2,000 program and professional activities fund. Please note that, if the Fellow comes from a country which does not have a tax treaty with the U.S., the Fellow must pay U.S. taxes amounting to 14% of the stipend.


No transportation costs, living allowances, or insurance funds are provided for dependents. The Fellowship does not include allowances or services for dependents, whether or not they accompany the Fellow. As a condition of the grant, applicants will be required to submit a statement of their ability to finance the transportation and maintenance expenses for any accompanying dependents. Please note that U.S. government visa restrictions make employment opportunities for dependents rare.

Early Terminations

Acceptance of a grant by a 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.


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