Academic Partners


From the Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh:
“I am extremely grateful for ARCS which has generously invested in University of Pittsburgh students pursuing doctoral degrees in science, technology and medical innovation. For more than a decade, this support has enabled Pitt students to shape scientific leadership and advance innovations on a global stage – and for society’s gain.”
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher


The Pittsburgh Chapter supports outstanding doctoral candidates at specific departments within Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh:



Carnegie Mellon University
Academic Partner since 2003

Carnegie Mellon University challenges the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters. Consistently named one of the top-ranked universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Carnegie Mellon University is an innovative leader in education. A private, global research university, Carnegie Mellon stands among the world's most renowned educational institutions, and sets its own course. With cutting-edge brain science, path-breaking performances, innovative start-ups, driverless cars, big data, big ambitions, Nobel and Turing prizes, hands-on learning, and a whole lot of robots, CMU doesn't imagine the future, they create it. 

Eighteen graduate departments and programs at CMU approved to receive funding from ARCS Pittsburgh Chapter include:

College of Engineering (Carnegie Institute of Technology)

  1. Civil and Environmental Engineering
  2. Chemical Engineering
  3. Electrical and Computer Engineering
  4. Engineering and Public Policy
  5. Materials Science and Engineering
  6. Mechanical Engineering
  7. Biomedical Engineering (includes the MD/PhD Program jointly sponsored with the University of Pittsburgh)

School of Computer Science (SCS)

  1. Department of Computer Science
  2. Institute for Software Research, International
  3. Human Computer Interaction Institute
  4. Language Technologies Institute
  5. Robotics Institute
  6. Machine Learning
  7. Computational Biology

Mellon College of Science (MCS)

  1. Biological Sciences (includes the MD/PhD Program jointly sponsored with the University of Pittsburgh)
  2. Chemistry
  3. Mathematical Sciences
  4. Physics

For more information about Graduate Education at CMU, click here.

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University of Pittsburgh
Academic Partner since 2008

The University of Pittsburgh is an internationally respected center of learning and research, offering exceptional educational opportunities in the humanities, sciences, and professions. One of the nation's great universities, the University of Pittsburgh is a state-related university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. Pitt is a member of the Association of Americna Universities (AAU), which comprises 63 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.

Ten graduate departments and programs at Pitt approved to receive funding from ARCS Pittsburgh Chapter include:

School of Medicine

  1. Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program- Students in this interdepartmental program share a common first year core curriculum before entering specialized training in one of the PhD degree-granting programs:
  • Molecular Genetics & Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology & Molecular Physiology
  • Cellular & Molecular Pathology
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  1. Center for Neuroscience Graduate Program - The Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh (CNUP) co-ordinates an interdepartmental campus-wide PhD program in Neurobiology/Neuroscience that is jointly administered through the School of Medicine and the School of Art & Sciences.
  2. Computational Biology (administered jointly with Carnegie Mellon University)
  3. Integrative Systems Biology
  4. Molecular Biophysics & Structural Biology
  5. Biomedical Informatics

Swanson School of Engineering

  1. Department of Bioengineering
  2. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

School of Nursing

      9. Doctor of Philosophy Program, a research based Ph.D.

The Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Science

         10. Department of Geology and Environmental Science- Approved June 2022

For more information about Graduate education at the University of Pittsburgh, click here.

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From our first University Selection Committee Chair at Carnegie Mellon University:

Thank you for your continued very strong commitment to ARCS, and your national leadership. With the need for national economic rejuvenation and global competitiveness in science and technology, the ARCS mission is as timely and important as it was in 1957 when Sputnik was launched and ARCS was founded.


David A. Dzombak, PhD, PE, DEE
Walter J. Blenko, Sr. University Professor of Environmental Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University