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Certificate Program


Students who wish to apply to the certificate program must be enrolled in a graduate or professional program at the University of Pittsburgh and must be in good academic standing. To apply, please come by the Cultural Studies office (2205 Posvar) during regular business hours and see the Program Assistant. There you will receive three forms to fill out.

Master's Certificate

The Master's Certificate in Cultural Studies may be granted before or after the completion of all degree requirements for the MA (or corresponding degree) in the student's home department, school, or program. See Requirements for the courses required for MA Certificate completion.

PhD Certificate

The PhD Certificate can be awarded only after the student has been admitted to candidacy for the PhD (or corresponding degree). The PhD Certificate may be awarded before or after the PhD from the student's home department has been received.

A student may earn either a Master's Certificate or a PhD Certificate, but not both.

For more information contact:

    Giuseppina Mecchia, Director, at 412-624-7232 or


Fellowship Application

Students in the University of Pittsburgh College of Arts & Sciences graduate programs working toward or having received PhD certification in Cultural Studies are invited to apply for the 2010-2011 fellowship competition. The program's two fellowships are typically awarded to advanced PhD students at or past the stage of comprehensive examinations.

Applications should consist of:

  • Cultural Studies Fellowship application form;
  • Graduate transcripts in English;
  • Three letters of reference, forwarded by the referee;
  • One writing sample, related to the dissertation topic, in English of 10 to 20 pages (one side only, 12 font, more than 20 pages will not be accepted.);
  • Current curriculum vitae;
  • List of up to six Cultural Studies courses completed (come by the Cultural Studies office for a Master List);
  • Statement of purpose (three to five pages)
  • The statement of purpose should include a paragraph that situates the student's work in two respects: across disciplines and within the diversity of cultural studies. Students beginning dissertation proposals should demonstrate that they work with tools of cultural analysis already developed in earlier studies. Keep in mind that the writing sample and statement of purpose will be read by a committee of informed non-specialists from as many as seven disciplines. Students who will use the fellowship to pursue research outside Pittsburgh must indicate where they would be studying and why. The fellowship must be the sole source of financial support during the academic year. The stipend is based on the same scale as the TA/TF allocations. These rates for the coming year have not yet been announced.

Application deadline is 4:00 pm, Friday, January 6, 2012. No applications will be accepted after this date.

Please remit all application materials to:

      Karen Lillis, Program Assistant
      Cultural Studies Program
      2205 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
      Pittsburgh, PA 15260

For more information contact:

    Giuseppina Mecchia, Director, at 412-624-5222 or

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