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Sbragia Fund for Graduate European Studies

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Sbragia Fund for Graduate European Studies

We are raising funds for the Sbragia Fund for Graduate European Studies to honor the founder and long-time Director of the European Studies Center, Dr. Alberta Sbragia, and her commitment to mentoring and educating young scholars. 

Alberta with Pitt alum Kristen Sukalac (West European Studies Certificate, 1994) in Brussels.

In 2012, the Alberta Sbragia Fund for Graduate European Studies was established to honor this commitment to education and mentoring of young scholars. This fund supports doctoral students through dissertation assistance, research and publication support, and travel to and research in relevant European countries. Graduate students have used these funds to travel to Europe to conduct interviews, visit and conduct research in archives, among other research activities. 

A Book-Worthy Conference

To celebrate Dr. Sbragia’s retirement and achievements as a scholar and mentor, we held a conference in Pittsburgh in November 2018, which brought together former students and colleagues to discuss the impact that her work had on the fields of EU Studies and multilevel governance. Out of this conference, a book was written which brings together scholars of different generations, fields, and from across North America and Europe. It was edited by the current ESC Director at Pitt (Jae-Jae Spoon) and one of Dr. Sbragia's former PhD students (Nils Ringe), who is now an ESC Director himself at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 


Make a Gift Today

In honor of Dr. Sbragia’s retirement, her commitment to mentorship, and to celebrate the release of European Union and Beyond:  Multi-Level Governance, Institutions, and Policy-Making, we are launching this campaign to raise funds for the Sbragia Fund for Graduate European Studies.

We hope that we can count on you to make a donation in honor of Dr. Sbragia so that more students have the opportunity to follow in her footsteps. All donations will support graduate student research on Europe and the European Union.

Remember to check out the European Studies Center website and follow ESC on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates. On behalf of the European Studies Center, thank you for your support!

Alberta with many of her former PhD students: Will Daniel (2013), Andrea Aldrich (2015), Lauren Perez Sheldon (2016), Michelle Egan (1997), Alberta Sbragia, Carolyn Dudek (1999), Aaron Abbarno (2013), Harrison Grafos (2013), Galina Zapryanova (2011), Anthony Zito (1995), and Nils Ringe (2006).
Alberta with High School Model EU students (2001)


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EU Center for Excellence

The European Studies Center has been designated an EU Center for Excellence for 22 years.


Faculty Member

Alberta was a faculty member at Pitt from 1974 to 2019. How fortunate were we to have her at Pitt for 45 years?


Centers of Excellence in US

There are only 8 Jean Monnet European Union Centers of Excellence in the US, and we have one at Pitt!


Courses Taught at Pitt

Over her 45 years at the University, Alberta taught about 120 courses to multiple generations of Pitt students.


Director of European Studies

Alberta served as Director of the European Studies Center/EU Center of Excellence for 26 years.



500 students and colleagues count Alberta as a mentor and have faculty positions at prestigious universities, think tanks, and in government in the US and abroad—too many to count!


Sbragia Award

The typical amount given for the Sbragia Award for Graduate European Studies is $2500. Help us support even more students with meaningful funds!

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