Vira I. Heinz Program for Women, Non-Binary, and Transgender Global Leaders


Each year, three Temple students are selected to participate in the Vira I. Heinz (VIH) Program for Women, Non-Binary, and Transgender Global Leaders. Program participants receive a summer study abroad scholarship of at least $5,000.

The VIH Program, designed to prepare scholars for tomorrow's global challenges, has four principal components: the student's summer study abroad experience, a community engagement project, and two weekend-long, intensive leadership development retreats. 

Students must be sophomores or juniors at the time of application and planning to study abroad during the summer following sophomore/junior year.

Contact at Temple: Zuri Jones, Manager of Advising and Outreach,

Eligibility Requirements

  • No previous international experience
  • Undergraduate women, non-binary, transgender students of sophomore or junior status at one of the VIH institutions
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Full-time student status for at least two terms with a Baccalaureate degree in progress
  • QPA of not less than 3.0
  • Will return to your university/college as a full-time student during the fall semester following the study abroad experience
  • International experience must take place in one country (no multi-country experiences); it must be accredited and last for at least 28 days
  • Commit to attend all activities during two mandatory weekend conferences: one during the spring term prior to studying abroad and one during the fall following the study abroad experience
  • Commit to meeting all of the requirements of the VIH Program, including, but not limited to:  a) submitting an Experience Report; b) completing a CEE & submitting a CEE report by January 30; c) completing all assignments for the two retreats; d) assisting with marketing the VIH  Program on your campus.


November 1st

Learn more at the VIH program website, Vira I. Heinz Program | University of Pittsburgh.