Category Archives: Funding and Grants

CMCS to provide scholarships for Pitt students who want to attend a mindfulness stress reduction course offered by UPMC

The Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies will provide 5 full scholarships to University of Pittsburgh undergraduate and graduate students to attend the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course at UPMC’s Center for Integrative Medicine.

scholarshipTo apply for a scholarship, students are first required to attend an orientation session and be accepted into the MBSR course.

After acceptance into the course, send CMCS an “Ask Letter” which includes a statement of need and intention. In short, let CMCS know how/why this class or retreat will beneficial you specifically. Also include a statement of financial need (do not disclose financial data such as social security number).

Scholarships are granted on a first-come first serve basis. Please email with questions or to submit your Ask Letter.

The Center also provides other scholarships for Pitt students. Check out our “Scholarships” tab on this Website.

Mind and Life 1440 Awards

From the Mind & Life Institute

8fd64a52-0665-41b3-afe8-0efc6a1d23e0Through a partnership with the 1440 Foundation, the Mind & Life Institute is pleased to offer the Mind and Life 1440 Awards. These awards are intended to promote scientific research that evaluates whether and how contemplative practice can promote inner well-being and healthy relationships in a variety of settings, with a particular interest in evaluating the application of contemplative practices in educational contexts (K-12 preferred). By enabling high-level research in the area of social and relational outcomes of contemplative practice, the 1440 Awards aim to expand the applications and impact of contemplative practices in the world.

Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded through a competitive application, review and selection process. The 1440 Awards are open to any academic researchers, although we seek to specifically promote the careers and development of young investigators such as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. To apply, please submit the required materials between January 4 – February 5, 2016, through the online application on our website.

For more information and FAQ, please see

The full RFP can be found at

Questions may be sent to