Scholarship Application Guidelines & FAQs

Eligibility Criteria

Please review the corresponding scholarship application form on Submittable for exact eligibility criteria. Generally, all applicants for PMI Scholarships must…

  • Be currently enrolled or will be enrolled by Fall 2024 in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program in project management or a project management related field of study with a graduation date on or after Winter 2024.
    • Undergraduate students must be enrolled and classified by the university as a full-time student.
    • Graduate students must be enrolled and classified by the university as at least a half-time student.
  • Be eligible to receive scholarship funds exclusively through the enrolled academic institution and not as a direct disbursement from PMI to the individual.
  • Be in good standing the enrolled academic institution’s policies and procedures.
  • Be in compliance with PMI policies and procedures, including but not limited to PMI's Culture Values and Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
  • Not be a current PMI employee, contractor, and/or consultant.
  • Not be the family member of a current PMI employee, contractor, and/or consultant.
  • Not be a current sitting member of any global volunteer group.
  • Not be a current sitting member of PMI and/or PMIEF’s Board of Directors.

Application Process and Required Documents

To complete the application process, applicants must have or create a Submittable account. Applicants must complete the process and submit all required documents in the platform.

If assistance is needed with accessing the Submittable platform, please refer to Submittable’s Help Center, or simply look for the question mark in the top right corner of the platform and click it to be directed to the Help Center.

Please review the corresponding application form on Submittable for exact requirements. Generally, applicants should prepare the following documents in English to meet requirements:

  • Electronic transcripts (official + unofficial) from the applicant’s current or most recently attended college, university, or other tertiary educational institution that clearly shows the program of study in PDF format.
    • If applicant is not currently enrolled but will begin by Fall 2024, an acceptance letter must be submitted for the application at minimum; an official proof of enrollment that clearly shows the program of study must be submitted if selected for a scholarship. Proof of enrollment for the 2024-2025 academic year, if not shown on transcripts,
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation on official letter head.
  • Two short essays, as explained on the scholarship application page.

Selection Process and Criteria

All eligible applicants who successfully complete the application process and submit the required documents will be evaluated PMI volunteer reviewers. Current PMI employees, contractors, and consultants; family members of PMI employees, contractors, and consultants; current sitting members of a global volunteer group (exception for DE&I Scholarships); and sitting members of PMI’s & PMIEF Board of Directors may not participate in the nomination or evaluation process.

Applicants will be reviewed by a panel of volunteers. The review panelists score each applicant based on the quality of the content of the essays and review of letters of recommendation using a points-based system rubric.

All decisions by the review committee are final and any attempts by applicants to lobby or persuade the committee during the process will result in immediate disqualification.

Scholarship Amounts and Terms

Scholarship amounts vary by fund and year. Each recipient will receive a letter that specifies the scholarship and amount. Please refer to the PMI website Scholarship page for more information about what scholarships are being offered, the amount of each scholarship award, and how many recipients will be selected: academic-scholarships 

Each scholarship is for only one (1) academic year. Successful applicants will be awarded only one (1) PMI scholarship, award or grant per academic year. Unless specified otherwise, such as for PMI Chapter Student Clubs scholarships, applicants may submit a new scholarship application for each academic year.

Notification Process

All communications regarding scholarships will be managed between PMI and applicants within the Submittable platform. Please visit Submittable’s Help Center for guidance on how to best use the platform, manage communications, and check the status of your application.

After submission, your scholarship will be screened to ensure you have met the eligibility criteria outlined above. The reviewing process begins after the scholarship application deadline. The time it takes to complete the review process may vary each year depending on the volume of applications we receive. Applicants can anticipate receiving a response by no later than 12 weeks after the application deadline.

Chosen scholarship recipients will receive a message through Submittable that they have been selected. This message will also provide instructions for the next steps to submit the final required documents before officially receiving the award, including tax forms, signature for press release, and any other documents that are required but not yet submitted, such as a transcript and/or proof of enrollment.

Tax forms must be completed by the chosen recipient in coordination with their academic institution’s financial aid or similar office. PMI does not make direct payments to recipients, as mentioned in the Eligibility Criteria. Please consult with your academic institution for the process and policy for receiving scholarship funds.

The scholarship is not officially awarded until finalists return the required documents. Chosen recipients will have three weeks from the date of notification to submit the requested documents. If documents are not submitted before the deadline, the scholarship offer will be withdrawn. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis if extenuating circumstances are demonstrated.

Contact Information

Prior to submission, you may contact PMI Academic Programs at [email protected] with any questions regarding the application process and required documents.

If your application has been submitted, please use Submittable to contact PMI. Inquiries sent to [email protected] after submission won't receive a response. Submittable and the Academic Programs email operate independently, preventing the retrieval of application information, making assistance unfeasible.

Privacy and Data Usage

Privacy and data usage will adhere to organizational policy. For details, please refer to our privacy policy.

FAQ’s

When is the application period for PMI scholarships?

The application period for PMI scholarships opens on March 1, 2024, at 12:00 AM EST (UTC/GMT-5) and closes on May 1, 2024, at 11:59 PM EDT (UTC/GMT-4).

Is PMI membership required to apply for a scholarship?

No, PMI membership is not required to apply for or receive a scholarship. However, eligibility criteria may vary.

What are the eligibility criteria for PMI scholarships?

Eligibility criteria include enrollment in a project management or related field program, good standing with the academic institution, compliance with PMI policies, and more. Please refer to the scholarship posting on Submittable for exact criteria.

How can I apply for a PMI scholarship?

To apply, create or have a Submittable account, complete the application process, and submit all required documents through the platform.

How do I apply for multiple PMI scholarships?

Generally, all of the scholarships are managed in a single application, as noted on the Academic Scholarships webpage. The exceptions are PMI Chapter Student Clubs Scholarships, DE&I Scholarships, and Eric Norman Professional Development Scholarship. While you are welcome to apply for all of these opportunities, you may only be eligible to receive one. Please check each scholarship’s application page in Submittable for more information. 

What documents are required for the application process?

Required documents include electronic transcripts, CV or resume, two letters of recommendation, and essays. Please refer to the scholarship posting for detailed requirements.

How are scholarship recipients selected?

Eligible applicants who successfully complete the application process and submit required documents will be evaluated by PMI volunteer reviewers using a points-based system outlined in the rubric provided.

When will scholarship recipients be notified?

Applicants can expect to receive a response no later than July 15, 2024. Notifications will be managed through the Submittable platform.

Can I receive the scholarship amount directly, or does it go through my academic institution?

Scholarship funds are received exclusively through the enrolled academic institution. PMI does not make direct payments to recipients.

How and when will I receive the scholarship award?

Chosen scholarship recipients will be notified through Submittable. Instructions for submitting final required documents will be provided, including tax forms and signatures for press releases. The scholarship is not officially awarded until these documents are submitted.

What happens if I don't submit the required documents within the specified time frame?

Chosen recipients have three weeks from the date of notification to submit the required documents. Failure to meet this deadline will result in the withdrawal of the scholarship offer. Exceptions may be considered for extenuating circumstances.

Is there a formal recognition ceremony for scholarship recipients?

PMI may acknowledge scholarship recipients through various channels, but there is no formal recognition ceremony.

How are scholarship amounts determined?

Scholarship amounts vary by fund and year. Recipients will receive a letter specifying the scholarship and amount.

What is the duration of the scholarship?

Each scholarship is for one academic year. Recipients are eligible for only one PMI scholarship, award, or grant per academic year, unless otherwise explicitly noted, such as for PMI Chapter Student Clubs Scholarships.

What are PMI Chapter Student Clubs Scholarships?

PMI Chapter Student Clubs scholarships are part of an initiative aimed at fostering engagement with students through collaboration with local chapters. Active participation in an existing student club is a requirement for scholarship application. Currently, resources for initiating new student clubs are exclusively available through the Volunteer Resource Hub, accessible to PMI Chapters, as the establishment of clubs is a collaborative effort between the local chapter and college or university faculty.

To stay updated on potential resources or initiatives for starting student clubs, consider subscribing to the Academic Network for periodic updates. You can check these updates for information to share with your faculty or leadership once it is available.

If you're unsure whether your school has a PMI Chapter Student Club or have questions about scholarship eligibility, please reach out to [email protected]

Can I reapply for a scholarship in the following academic year?

Yes, unless specified otherwise, applicants are eligible to submit a new scholarship application for each academic year.

Are there opportunities to engage with PMI as a scholarship recipient?

Yes, scholarship recipients are encouraged to explore opportunities to engage with PMI, including participating in PMI events and programs, and contributing to the project management community.

How can I contact PMI for questions?

For pre-submission inquiries, contact PMI Academic Programs at [email protected]. After submission, use Submittable for communication.

How is privacy and data usage handled?

Privacy and data usage adhere to organizational policy. For details, refer to our privacy policy.