Monday, 27 December 2010

H.J. Heinz Company Foundation Fellowship for Developing Countries,USA

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. The fellowship is managed by the Global Studies Center at the University Center for International Studies, and is offered annually providing one year of practical, professional, and non-degree educational experiences through the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, USA.

 The University of Pittsburgh is one of the leading research universities in the United States and 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.

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, the fellows' capacity to contribute to the development of their country and to enhance their understanding of the United States. This is accomplished through a year of sitting in on selected courses and participating in practical professional activities while based in Pittsburgh. Upon acceptance of their final report, fellows will receive a program certificate from the University Center for International Studies. This is non-degree program. Courses are observed on an informal basis, and do not earn credit towards any academic degree.


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.


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 completed a university degree.
2. Applicants must be proficient in speaking, reading and writing English.
3. Preference will be given to those applicants at the early or mid-stages of 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.
5. Two candidates will be chosen each year. One fellowship will be awarded to a candidate from either China, India, or Indonesia who specializes in public health. The other fellowship will be awarded to a candidate from any developing country who is working in one of the following fields:

Governance: Management and administration of public and nonprofit agencies; growth and sustainable development of urban metropolitan regions throughout the world; economic and social development of newly independent and developing states; emerging dynamics that are shaping today's international political economy; threats to and issues in international security

Public Health: Local and national approaches towards infectious diseases; development of health services; family planning; maternal and child health; community health; environmental health, epidemiology

Business: finance; marketing; organizational behavior & human resources management; strategy; environment, & organizations

Education: administrative and policy studies

Law: development of the legal system; the extension and institutionalization of fundamental rights

Engineering: bioengineering; sustainability; nanoscience and engineering; energy; manufacturing


March 1, 2010 Application deadline
April 15, 2011 Winner notified
April 30, 2011 Winners announced on Web site
August 1, 2011 Fellowship year begins
July 31, 2012 Fellowship year ends

Application Process

Before completing any forms, please read all instructions in the fellowship's 2011-12 Announcement (Word/PDF) carefully. We must receive all of the required components of your application package by our deadline of March 1, 2011. Late or incomplete application packages will not be considered. You may submit application materials electronically to

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