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University Partnership: The UPitt Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
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City Year is proud to partner with The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, a professional school with a focus on public and urban affairs, international affairs, and international development, offering a 25% tuition scholarship.


The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) is a professional school with a diverse, cosmopolitan community of faculty, staff, students and alumni. Believing in our ability to make the world a better place, GSPIA hones the passion of its students into purposeful direction and action. As part of the University of Pittsburgh, one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States, it is a leader in education, a pioneer in research and a partner in regional development. Throughout its 50+ year history, GSPIA has created a legacy that inspires graduates to make public institutions better, create a higher quality of government and promote social responsibility throughout the world.

Benefits offered by The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Scholarship Amount 25% tuition scholarship
Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually Up to 4
Application Fee Waiver Yes
Enrollment Deferral One-year deferral

Eligibility and Additional Information

  • 25% Tuition Scholarship. The award for GSPIA will be equal to a 25% tuition scholarship for up to four (4) City Year corps, alumni or staff members per year.

  • Scholarships renewable for a second year, as long as the student maintains a 3.5 GPA and completes 24 credits in the first year.

  • Scholarships awarded to City Year alumni for at least one year of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years.

  • Application fee waiver

  • A one-year deferral for admitted students who decide to serve with City Year before starting their studies with GSPIA

  • Applicants will be considered for additional merit-based aid depending on the strength of the application.

To Apply

Admission to the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public & International Affairs is competitive. As one of the oldest and most respected schools of its type in the United States, GSPIA enrolls some of the most talented students from around the world. The admissions committee reviews each application carefully and holistically, and considers personal, professional, and academic factors in making its decisions.

  • Click here, to read more about GSPIA’s application requirements, and click here for a list of frequently asked questions.

  • All applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree, and must complete GSPIA’s online application. With the exception of academic transcripts, which must be submitted in hard-copy, all parts of the application should be submitted electronically.

To Identify your City Year Affiliation

  • City Year verification: To get the application fee waived and to be considered for the scholarship, a service verification letter must be requested by emailing with "UPitt - School of Public and International Affairs" in the subject line. Within the email, include the site where you served and your corps graduation month and year. This letter will be sent electronically by City Year to Admissions Office and added to your applicant file.

To Contact the Office of Admission

  • Please contact us by calling 412-648-7640, or emailing

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. Corps members, alumni and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines, and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.