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Ohio State Grants for Graduate Students


Listed here are only grants that graduate students can apply for themselves (i.e. there are no Fellowships like these in this document). For each entry, a link is provided and (i) a short description, together with (ii) eligibility criteria. This is intended to be helpful for Philosophy graduate students, so a few fellowships have been left off: the Foreign Language Studies Fellowship and the Mershon Center’s grant for Studies in International Security, as well as a few others from the OIA which didn’t fit in (see them here).

Grants from the Graduate School and from the College of Arts and Humanities


Department of Philosophy Travel Grant

The Department of Philosophy annually provides travel awards to help fund domestic travel for a limited number of graduate students. These awards are intended to foster graduate student professional development and research support through participation in conferences, colloquia, and workshops hosted outside of The Ohio State University as well as supporting research and fieldwork travel. 

Domestic travel grant requests may not exceed $400 per academic year for students presenting at a conference. Applications will require a proposed travel budget and title of paper/panel that has been accepted. 

Your application will be routed to your current Advisor (or Graduate Studies Chair, Prof. Smithies, if you do not have an assigned Advisor) and the Department Chair for review. We will notify you by email of the status. 

Arts and Humanities Small Grant Program

(i) The Graduate Research Small Grants Program is designed to enhance opportunities for graduate students in Arts & Humanities to conduct research by offering supplemental financial support of up to $500 on a competitive basis. Ap- plications may be submitted at any time, but they should be received by the Arts & Humanities office at least eight weeks before the date when the funds are to be used.

(ii) Grants are restricted to currently enrolled students in Arts & Humanities programs. Applications are considered from individual students only. Eligible students can apply for one award every year, but preference will be given to students who have not received funding from this program in preceding years.

Alumni Grant

(i)   The Graduate School’s Alumni Grants for Graduate Re- search and Scholarship (AGGRS) Program provides small grants up to $5,000 to support the research and scholar- ship of doctoral or terminal master’s degree candidates for their dissertations or theses. Most grants will be made at the $2,000 or $3,000 level. Only a small number of awards will be made at the $5,000 level. The competition is held twice each year, during autumn and spring semesters. While eligibility is tied to financial need, awards are made on the merit of the proposal, which must be for work that is essential to the dissertation or thesis.

(ii) Post-candidacy doctoral or terminal master’s degree candidates are eligible to apply. Terminal degree is defined as the highest degree available in a particular field.   Funding must be for work that is essential to the dissertation or thesis. Students receiving stipends from associate-ship, fellowship, or traineeship appointments may apply for AGGRS funding. Previous AGGRS awardees are not eligible for a second award

Edward F. Hayes Forum

(i) the Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum show- cases the innovative and exemplary research being conducted by Ohio State graduate students across the full range of graduate degree programs and facilitates fruitful exchanges between students, faculty, the administration, and the public. Cash prizes, totaling more than $14,000, will be awarded to the top-judged presentations in each academic area.

(ii) All graduate students in good standing are eligible, and travel must take place before student’s graduation

Continuous Enrollment Tuition Award

(i) The College of Arts and Sciences provides funds for 3 credit hours of Departmental Research hours (8999) and general and instructional fees for each qualifying resident student who is actively pursuing research away from the university under the terms of this program.  The college will cover the non-resident student rate only for international students whose visas do not allow them to obtain Ohio resident status. Applications are subject to one of two annual deadlines: November 1 (for SP semester) or June 1 (for AU semester)

(ii) Students who have obtained Ohio resident status and who have secured prestigious outside funding that does not qualify for the Gradate School’s Matching Tuition and Fee Award Program may apply to the College of Arts and Sciences (ASC) for an ASC Tuition Award. These funds are only available for fall or spring semesters (not summer terms). Qualifying students must be in good standing within their graduate program, provide evidence of prestigious external funding and a strong research agenda during the time of their period away from the university. Generally, this funding will apply for a limit of one semester, although a second semester of tuition support may be approved.

Chu and Riley Fund

(i)The annual income shall be used to support international activities in the Humanities including (1) travel abroad by graduate students enrolled in degree programs offered by academic units in the college, to engage in research, attend professional conferences, and/or participate in ex- change programs offered by the college; (2) travel abroad by members of the college’s faculty to conduct research, teach, participate in professional conferences, and attend meetings on the development or enhancement of faculty, student and staff exchange programs; (3) travel abroad by members of the staff of the college to attend professional meetings and participate in exchange programs offered by the college; and (4) visits to the college by members of the faculty, students and staff of foreign institutions with which the college has exchange programs. Typical Award is $1,000.00.


Grants from the Council of Graduate Students


(i) Unlike other programs that grant travel funds, the Ray Award gives substantial weight to the applicant’s service to his/her department, the university, and the surrounding community.

(ii) All graduate students in good standing are eligible, and travel must take place before student’s graduation.

Global Gateway

(i) The Global Gateway Graduate Student Research Abroad Grant encourages and promotes the professional and academic development of graduate student researchers at The Ohio State University by providing financial support that allows students to undertake thesis or dissertation research abroad, and thus work toward the completion of their degree. Awardees also will assist the University pursue its strategic international goals by creating and bolstering relations with universities and other institutions across the world.

(ii) All graduate students conducting such research abroad internationally this summer are encouraged to apply. We are looking to fund applicants from a variety of Ohio State’s departments who are going to a variety of countries, especially those in which Ohio State currently has a Global Gateway Office (India, China, and Brazil), and where Ohio State hopes to have a more significant presence in the future (Ethiopia, Turkey). The award is funded by the Office of International Affairs, OSU’s Graduate School, and the Council of Graduate Students. Successful applicants will be awarded a grant of up to $1,500 to assist with travel related expenses for research abroad.

Career Development Grant

(i) The Career Development Grant program encourages graduate students to prepare for placement into their chosen field. Students will submit their Career Development Grant Application to the Council of Graduate Students (CGS) for an opportunity to receive an award to defray costs associated with the development of their careers.

(ii) By offering grants of up to $350 each, CGS will be providing an incentive for graduate students to invest effort in their own career development while attending OSU. These grants will provide subsidy for expenses incurred by the activities outlined by applicants in their Career Development Plan.


Critical Difference for Women Grants

Professional Development

(i) Professional Development Grants for Women are designed to facilitate professional development and career mobility of women. Faculty and staff who have been continuously employed at Ohio State for at least one year; full-time undergraduate students at the sophomore level and above; and full-time graduate/professional students are eligible to apply for a Professional Development Grant. Grants up to $1,000 will be awarded.

(ii) Participation and/or presentation at professional conferences, seminars, or workshops; Research Materials, equipment, supplies, or other expenses directly related to career or professional development; Developing articles or books for publication; Networking or mentoring activities.

Re-entry scholarship

(i) Re-entry Scholarships are to assist women who have interrupted their education, at any level, for at least two years and who intend to earn a degree at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional school level. Award amounts vary. Funds can be used for tuition, books, child care, or other related educational expenses.


Other Grants from the OIA

Phyllis Krumm

(i) Students must demonstrate excellence in scholarship and an appropriate background for research or study in Europe or China (including the mainland, Hong Kong, Macao, and/or Taiwan). Students must be of good character and intend to conduct research or study requiring independent international travel (i.e., unaffiliated with an organized study abroad group). Preference is given to U.S. citizens, pursuing a career in diplomatic or other governmental international service.

(ii) Applicants must be enrolled as a graduate student at Ohio State in an academic program of study in any field.


(i) The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year. The program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Grantees plan their own programs. Projects may include university course work, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination