Scholarship Application Guidelines


  • Applicants must be enrolled in a project management or a project management related field of study.
  • Undergraduate students must be enrolled and classified by the university as full-time students at the time the award is to be disbursed.
  • Graduate students must be enrolled and classified by the university as at least half-time students at the time the award is to be disbursed.
  • PMI membership is not required.

Not Eligible

  • Sitting members of the PMI and PMIEF Board of Directors may not participate in the nomination or evaluation process and are ineligible to receive this award.
  • Current sitting members of PMI’s Academic Insight Team are ineligible.
  • Current PMI staff, consultants and family members are ineligible.
  • Individuals who have failed to comply with PMI policies and procedures, including but not limited to PMI's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, will not be considered.

Application Materials

  • All applications must be in English.
  • Transcripts from the applicant’s current college or university (or proof of acceptance for September). Transcripts that have been downloaded, screenshot or printed and scanned directly from the applicant’s college or university website are acceptable for the submission of the scholarship application. However, PMI may request official transcripts directly from the student’s university before scholarship funds can be released to scholarship recipients. 
  • Curriculum vitae must accompany the application.
  • Two letters of reference must be signed and accompany the application.
  • Short Essay—Please explain the importance of project management in your academic studies and how you plan to incorporate a practical application for use in your future career (750 word limit).
  • Optional Video— If you would like to add your voice to your application, you have the option to submit up to a 2 minute video presentation showcasing your work and qualifications for a PMI scholarshipVideo must be in English. Please address these two questions: What is your passion and how are you currently pursuing it? How do you plan to use your passion to uniquely make a positive change in your community or the world?

Selection Process for Scholarships

PMI volunteers will review all applications accompanied by the required supporting materials.

Applicants will be scored using a point system based on the quality of the content of the essay, the student’s academic performance, review of the letters of recommendation and the alignment of a candidate’s coursework to the field of project management.

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.

*All scholarship finalists are screened against the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN) of the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.


Award Guidelines for Academic Scholarships

To be eligible for scholarship payment, all applicants for academic scholarships must provide written proof of their enrollment in the program for which a scholarship is sought before the funds are released. Proof of enrollment must be sent directly to PMI from the college or university at which the applicant plans to use the scholarship, and generally takes the form of a letter from the registrar’s office. Instructions for submission of proof of enrollment will be provided to successful applicants. Proof of enrollment must document the following:

Student enrollment status must be included:

Undergraduate—full time

Graduate—full time or at least half time.

Program of study must be identified.

Successful applicants will be awarded only one (1) PMI scholarship, grant or award per academic year.


Notice of Academic Scholarship

Notice to scholarship finalists will be sent via email to the address provided on the application. 

PMI will require final enrollment verification, educational records and a signature for promotional release. The scholarship is not officially awarded until finalists return the required documents.

Applicants who are awarded an academic scholarship will have three weeks from the date of notification to submit proof of enrollment and tax forms. If documentation is 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.

The scholarship payment will be made directly to the university on behalf of students.

Scholarship applications will reopen March 2024.