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PMI invests in student success by funding scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study in project management or project management-related field of study. While PMI membership is not required to apply for and/or receive a scholarship from PMI, please note that eligibility criteria vary.

Sponsor: PMI Academic Programs

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1. Eligibility Criteria

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 November 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.
For GAC Scholarships, applicants must…

2. 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.

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 (2) letters of recommendation on official letter head.
- Respond to the two (2) short essay questions included in the application process:

  1. Share a personal story or experience that has profoundly influenced your academic or career path. Explain how this experience has contributed to your growth and decision to pursue project management studies. (500 word limit)
  2. Examine the critical role of adaptive leadership in the field of project management. Discuss how adaptive leaders navigate change, overcome challenges, and foster innovation within project teams. Additionally, explore real-world examples or personal experiences that highlight the impact of adaptive leadership on project success. Conclude by reflecting on the significance of adaptive leadership skills in shaping the future of project management. (750 word limit).

3. 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; 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 the points-based system outlined in an approved 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.

4. 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: https://www.pmi.org/learning/academic-research/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.

5. 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 deadline on 01 May 2024. The time it takes to complete the review process may vary each year depending on the volume of applications we receive. However, applicants can anticipate receiving a response by no later than July 15, 2024.

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 section 1. 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.

6. Contact Information

Prior to submission, you may contact PMI Academic Programs at AcademicPrograms@pmi.org 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 AcademicPrograms@pmi.org after submission won't receive a response. Submittable and the Academic Programs email operate independently, preventing the retrieval of application information, making assistance unfeasible.

7. Privacy and Data Usage

Privacy and data usage will adhere to organizational policy. For details, please refer to: https://www.pmi.org/privacy