Research and Creative Activity Funding

Undergraduate students are encouraged to explore research projects and creative activity and Arts and Sciences offers funding to help address related costs. Many funds below are for majors in specific areas, this list will help you determine what area your major is a part of.

Students are encouraged to contact their major department(s) and the Undergraduate Research Office for information on other sources of funding.

All Arts and Sciences Majors

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarships

For students who have attained junior standing and meet one of the following criteria: be a potential candidate for graduation with (honors) research distinction, or present other evidence of work on a significant research project. The scholarships, which range from $500 to approximately $12,000, may be allocated over autumn and spring semesters. Applicants are required to have a faculty sponsor. (Please note: arts majors working on a creative or research project should apply for the Arts Undergraduate Research Scholarship listed below.)

Application deadlines: Students may apply for this scholarship and/or the International Research Grants for Undergraduates in Arts and Sciences (listed below) via one application. 

The Autumn 2015 application deadline is Monday, September 21, 2015 before 5:00 P.M.

The Spring 2016 application deadline is Monday, February 8, 2016 before 5:00 P.M.

Application Information and Application Forms can be found from ASC Honors Program.

International Research Grants for Undergraduates in Arts and Sciences

To encourage students to engage in research in international venues along with their faculty mentors. 

Application deadlines: Students may apply for this and the Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarships (listed above) via one application. 

The Autumn 2015 application deadline is Monday, September 21, 2015 before 5:00 P.M.

The Spring 2016 application deadline is Monday, February 8, 2016, before 5:00 P.M.

Application Information and Application Form

Kathryn Sullivan Scholarship

This scholarship supports undergraduate Arts and Sciences students, with a preference for junior or senior women, who are majoring or minoring in the sciences, who have a passion for exploration and/or aerospace, and who are in good academic standing. However, this scholarship may be awarded to any candidate in any Arts and Sciences major. It is the selection committee’s obligation to look for excellence first and foremost in the individual, their academic goals and performance. This fund will enable a student to perform undergraduate research or field work conducted in conjunction with a faculty member and for which academic credit will be earned. It will also enable a student to attend/present at a significant conference.

Deadline

February 19, 2016 by 4:00 PM.
Funding will support an activity taking place Summer 2016 - Spring 2017

Eligibility

Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in arts and sciences at the Columbus campus may apply for funding. Preference will be given to female students who hold junior or senior rank and who are majoring or minoring in the sciences, who have a passion for exploration and/or aerospace, and who are in good academic standing.

Application Process

In order to be considered, the following must be received by the appropriate deadline. Each page of each document must include your name in the upper right hand corner.

  • Sullivan Scholarship Application Sullivan Scholarship Application
  • Statement of purpose (500 words or less) that outlines your plans for how you would use this funding and discusses the relevance of your plan in relation to your academic and professional goals.
  • Detailed budget including an estimate for each of the following: travel expenses, research materials, conference fees, etc.
  • Letter of recommendation from an Ohio State faculty member. This letter should address the relevance of your research, travel, etc. in relation to your academic and/or professional goals. The letter must include both your name and the name of the scholarship in the heading. The letter must be sent electronically directly from the recommender to the contact person listed below.

If funding will be for travel outside the U.S., please see additional requirements listed below

Submission Process 

Please email the application form, statement of purpose and detailed budget to Ann Rottersman, Director of Student Programs, rottersman.1@osu.eduThe letter of recommendation must be emailed directly from the recommender to the contact person.

Selection Process

The scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis. The review committee carefully considers all documents submitted. In addition, the student’s academic record will be collected by the committee coordinator, shared with the review committee, and considered in the selection process.

Funding

This fund will support one award annually at up to $1,000.

Award Distribution

Students who are selected for an award will be notified via email.

Contact Person: Ann Rottersman, Director of Student Programs, rottersman.1@osu.edu.

For Students Requesting Funding To Support Travel Outside the U.S.


Independent Travel Supplement

Students who are requesting funding that involves travel outside the U.S. must submit an Independent Travel Supplement.  The Supplement is to be completed by the Ohio State faculty member who is overseeing the academic component of your work and awarding the credit you will be earning. It is required in addition to the letter of recommendation. However, the same faculty member may submit both the letter of recommendation and the Independent Travel Supplement.

Supplemental International Insurance

Ohio State students traveling to international locations for the purpose of study abroad, undergraduate or graduate/dissertation research, internships or independent study are required to enroll in the university’s supplemental international insurance which is provided through HTH Worldwide.  The insurance includes coverage for medical, evacuation, repatriation, emergency assistance, and political security and natural disaster.  Students participating in study abroad programming coordinated through the Office of International Affairs are automatically enrolled in the supplemental international insurance.  Students who are traveling abroad independently may enroll online for the supplemental insurance.

Travel Warning Policy

In countries under a current Department of State Travel Warning or other locations designated high risk, undergraduate students cannot use scholarship awards for study abroad programs and/or individual international projects outside of venues approved by Ohio State. Approved programs are communicated on the OIA website via the study abroad search engine.

Graduate and professional students may petition the International Travel Policy Committee for approval a minimum of three months prior to proposed travel. Be sure to review Countries currently on Department of State Travel Warning. For further information on the policy and/or the petition process, please contact Dru Simmons, international risk manager, (simmons.541@osu.edu), Office of Risk Management and Insurance.

Arts Majors

Arts Undergraduate Research Scholarships

For students who are pursuing a degree in the arts and will be working on a creative or research project by autumn semester of the last year of their major program. Annual competitions will be held during the autumn and spring semesters. The amount of an award varies from $500 to $7,000.  Please complete the Application and Proposal Form [pdf]. 

The autumn 2015 application deadline is Friday, October 16, 2015 before 5:00 p.m.  
The spring 2016 application deadline is Friday, March 25, 2016, before 5:00 p.m.
For additional information - Contact the Arts and Sciences Associate Dean’s Office, (614) 292-4063

John Fergus Family Fund

The John Fergus Family Scholarship is available to full time undergraduate (12 credit hours) students, with all fees paid in full for Autumn Semester of this year, and are enrolled in a degree-granting program in the Departments of Art; Arts Administration, Education and Policy; History of Art; or Design. All undergraduate students must have passed the portfolio review for an Art BA or BFA or for a Design BSD; or have been formally accepted into the Art Education BAE, BA in Arts Management program; or were declared an Art BA Major prior to Spring Semester of this academic year.

Chosen applicants will be awarded a $1,000 stipend to continue their art-making and the opportunity to exhibit their chosen work in a group exhibition in the coming January with the other Fergus Scholarship awardees. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit works that will not or have not been exhibited in The Arts Initiative galleries, Urban Arts Space and Hopkins Hall Gallery.  

Chosen work must be available to exhibit Tuesday, January 19 – Saturday, January 30, 2016. Failure to provide work selected for the exhibition could result in disqualification and your award being rescinded. Recognition of Awards will be presented at the exhibition Reception. Information regarding participation in the exhibition will be emailed to OSU email address and mailed to award recipients’ local address after the competition outcome is determined.

Awards will be determined through a blind-review by a jury of faculty members from the Arts. The jury members and voting period will not be announced beforehand. 

Your eligibility and adherence to these guidelines will be verified prior to adjudication. Make sure you carefully read and follow all guidelines and instructions. Submissions that do not adhere to each aspect of these guidelines, or are submitted after the deadline, will not be eligible. A list of award recipients will be posted once adjudication is complete. 

All applications are due: December 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM. 

Please contact Kelly McNicholas with questions at
mcnicholas.3@osu.edu or 614 292 8861. 

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Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Research Small Grants

Program Description: The Undergraduate Research Small Grants Program is designed to enhance opportunities for undergraduate students in Arts & Humanities to conduct research/creative activity by offering financial support of up to $500 on a competitive basis. Grants will be given as cash awards to each student’s tuition account.

Eligibility: Grants are restricted to currently enrolled undergraduate students majoring in a department/school in Arts & Humanities. Applications are considered from individual students or for group trips with a faculty member. Students are eligible for an Undergraduate Research Small Grant once a year. Thesis research is appropriate for this form of funding, though other sources of funding are considered in determining these awards.

Funding Category: Students may apply for grants to fund any of the following and should mark on the project endorsement form which category their request falls under:

  1. Travel to give conference presentations, perform, or exhibit work at significant professional meetings or events both here in the United States and abroad;
  2. Travel to research collections, exhibition & performance sites, or residency programs in the United States or abroad;
  3. Travel to study abroad programs;
  4. Expenses related to the purchase of necessary materials for research/creative activity.

Application Process: There are two application deadlines during the academic year:

  • The autumn 2015 deadline is Monday, November 23, 2015 before 5:00 p.m.  
  • The spring 2016 deadline is Friday, March 25, 2016, before 5:00 p.m.

Applicants should request funds at least four weeks before the travel will take place; retroactive applications under this program will not be considered. All funding is contingent on availability. The completed application must reach the Arts & Humanities Office by 5 p.m. on the deadline given above to be considered for that competition round; late applications will be reviewed in the following round. All applications must be submitted through the student’s Department Chair, and require the following signatures of endorsement: 1) a faculty sponsor, 2) the Director of Undergraduate Studies; 3) the Chair (in the case of the School of Music, the Director).

Download Application [pdf] 

The application packet should consist of:

An Application/Project Endorsement Form, signed by a faculty sponsor, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and the Department Chair, endorsing the project and confirming either the availability or unavailability of departmental funds.

  1. A letter of 1-2 pages in which the applicant describes the project, its purpose, significance, methodology, and its relevance to the field, etc. In the case of travel requests, applicants will need to explain the relevance of the venue to the particular field. Describe how this experience will enhance your degree program and your development as an artist, performer, or scholar.
  2. A detailed budget. Applicants should indicate whether they have obtained matching funds or are currently applying for such funds. Please note that the cost of food (per diem) is not reimbursed under this program.
  3. In the case of a presentation or performance, provide a letter of invitation or other indication of acceptance from the sponsoring organization or institution.

Departmental Review: A faculty adviser or sponsor is required to sign off on the project. The Undergraduate Director is required to review applications to ensure that each applicant is currently registered in the program. The Chair is required to review and endorse the project and to verify whether departmental funding is available for the project. Project endorsement/Application forms are available by clicking this link. The applicant should fill in the top portion of this form, arrange for a faculty sponsor to sign, and submit it and all related materials to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, who should sign and send forward to the Chair. The Chair should sign and complete the application, and send it forward to Assistant Dean Garett Heysel, Arts & Humanities, 114 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall. Applications and electronic signatures may be sent electronically to the Arts & Humanities Office at arthumugrd@osu.edu.

Arts & Humanities Review: The proposal review process at the Arts & Humanities level will consist of an overall assessment of the merits of the proposed project (benefits to the student, how likely the student is to complete the task successfully, feasibility of the budget, etc.) as well as an assessment of the merits of the application itself (how well it explains the project and its benefits, the completeness of the application, readability, etc.)

Aida Cannarsa Snow Endowment Fund

Program Description

The Aida Cannarsa Snow Endowment fund program is designed to enhance opportunities for undergraduate students in arts and humanities to pursue and promote significant accomplishments in their fields of study. These grants offer financial support on a competitive basis and will range from $500 to $3000. Applications are reviewed in November, and March; grants will be given as cash awards to each student’s tuition account. Priority is given to applicants with demonstrated financial need.

Eligibility

Grants are restricted to currently enrolled undergraduate students majoring in a Department/School in arts and humanities. Applications are considered from individual students and small groups as appropriate. Students are eligible for an Aida Cannarsa Snow Endowment grant once a year. Requests to support research or creative activity focused study abroad will be considered for support through this grant.

Funding Category

Students may apply for grants in two distinct categories and should mark on their application form which category their request falls under: A. Completed Projects Under this category students may apply for recognition of completed projects which promote the value of the study of the Arts and/or Humanities (or a specific discipline within the arts and humanities). Such promotion may be in the form of a completed work such as a video, film, creative work, essay, peer-reviewed research presentation, exhibit or journal, etc. B. Future Projects Under this category students may apply for support to complete significant projects such as research, creative activity, travel support, thesis, etc. which focus on the Arts and/or Humanities.

Application Process

There are two application deadlines during the academic year:

  • The autumn 2015 deadline is Monday, November 23, 2015 before 5:00 p.m.  
  • The spring 2016 deadline is Friday, March 18, 2016, before 5:00 p.m.

All funding is contingent on availability. The completed application must reach the College of Arts and Sciences Associate Deans’ Office by 5 p.m. on the deadline given above to be considered for that competition round; late applications will be reviewed in the following round.

For Category A Completed Projects

The application packet should consist of:

  1. An Application/Project Endorsement Form, signed by a faculty sponsor, endorsing the project and confirming its merit to promote the Arts and/or Humanities, etc.
  2. A letter of 1-2 pages in which the applicant describes the project, its purpose, significance, methodology, and its relevance to the Arts and/or Humanities, etc.
  3. A detailed budget. Applicants should indicate whether they have obtained matching funds. Please note that the cost of food (per diem) is not reimbursed under this program.
  4. If applicable, provide a letter of invitation or other indication of acceptance, publication, or exhibition, from the sponsoring organization or institution.
  5. The final project (publication, video or image of the final project, etc.) in electronic format. Submissions selected for this award may be used by the College of Arts and Sciences for promotional purposes.

Departmental Review

A faculty adviser or sponsor is required to sign off on the project. Project endorsement/Application forms are available by clicking this link [pdf]. The applicant should fill in the top portion of this form, arrange for a faculty sponsor to sign, and submit it and all related materials to Assistant Dean Garett Heysel, Arts & Humanities, 114 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall. Applications and electronic signatures may be sent electronically to the Arts & Humanities Office at arthumugrad@osu.edu

For Category B Future Projects

The application packet should consist of:

  1. An Application/Project Endorsement Form, signed by a faculty sponsor, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and the Department Chair, endorsing the project and confirming either the availability or unavailability of departmental funds.
  2. A letter of 1-2 pages in which the applicant describes the project, its purpose, significance, methodology, and its relevance to the Arts and/or Humanities, etc.
  3. A detailed budget. Applicants should indicate whether they have obtained matching funds or are currently applying for such funds. Please note that the cost of food (per diem) is not reimbursed under this program.
  4. Provide a letter of invitation or other indication of acceptance, publication, or exhibition, from the sponsoring organization or institution.
  5. The date the final project (publication, video or image of the final project, etc.) will be available. Submissions selected for this award, once completed must be submitted to the College of Arts and Sciences in electronic format, and may be used by the College of Arts and Sciences for promotional purposes.

Departmental Review

A faculty adviser or sponsor is required to sign off on the project. The Undergraduate Director is required to review applications to ensure that each applicant is currently registered in the program. The Chair is required to review and endorse the project and to verify whether departmental funding is available for the project. Project endorsement/Application forms are available by clicking this link. The applicant should fill in the top portion of this form, arrange for a faculty sponsor to sign, and submit it and all related materials to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, who should sign and send forward to the Chair. The Chair should sign and complete the application, and send it forward to Assistant Dean Garett Heysel, Arts & Humanities, 114 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall. Applications and electronic signatures may be sent electronically to the Arts & Humanities Office at arthumugrad@osu.edu.

Arts & Humanities Review

The proposal review process at the Arts & Humanities level will consist of an overall assessment of the merits of the proposed project (benefits to the student, value to the Arts & Humanities, how likely the student is to complete the task successfully (when applicable), feasibility of the budget, etc.) as well as an assessment of the merits of the application itself (how well it explains the project and its benefits, the completeness of the application, readability, etc.).

Natural and Mathematical Sciences Majors

Edward G. Mayers Scholarships

These scholarships support undergraduate summer research in the natural and mathematical sciences

Scholarship and application information

Application deadline: The Spring 2015 application deadline is Monday, February 16, 2015 at noon.

Annual application information and application deadlines will be made available in the spring through the Undergraduate Research Office.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Grants

Each autumn and spring semester the Arts and Sciences' Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) division offers research grants to undergraduate students whose research projects involve extraordinary costs. All Columbus campus undergraduate students with a declared social and behavioral sciences major are eligible — honors as well as non-honors students. 

The grant does not reduce scholarship money or other funding. Students can apply for and receive money from both the Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship competition and the SBS Undergraduate Research Grants. These funds are disbursed directly to the payee or to you.

For additional information: Contact the SBS Assistant Dean’s Office, (614) 247-7498.

Awards will be as much as $1,000.

Deadlines (Application and faculty recommendation)

  • The autumn 2015 application deadline is Thursday, September 24, 2015 by 4:00 p.m.
  • The spring 2016 application deadline is Friday, February 12, 2016 by 4:00 p.m.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant's declared major is offered through one of the departments of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS).
  • Applicant is enrolled as a full-time Columbus campus student (at least 12 credit hours) during the semester in which funding is received.
  • Applicant's research project has been validated by an SBS faculty member who has agreed to advise the applicant on this project.

Funding Criteria

  • Project merit.
  • Validity of research expenditures. Award decisions will preference budget items that are necessary for completion of the research project.
    • Examples include, but are not limited to, the following: compensation for research participants; data collection; travel to conferences; conference/workshop fees; purchase of research materials.

Method of Selection

Applications, proposals, and letters of recommendation will be reviewed by the assistant dean of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. The number of awards will be determined by the availability of funds. All applicants will be notified individually, by e-mail, (student’s OSU name.#) of award decisions.

Important Information For Students Selected To Receive A Grant

  • If your research will involve human subjects, you must work with your faculty project advisor to obtain any necessary ethics training and approvals from the Ohio State Institutional Review Board (IRB) before you begin data collection and before any grant money may be disbursed.
  • If your research will involve animal subjects, you must work with your faculty project advisor to obtain any necessary ethics training and approvals from the Ohio State Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (ILACUC) before you begin data collection and before any grant money may be disbursed.

For students traveling to international locations

Travel Warning Policy and Supplemental International Insurance

In countries under a current Department of State Travel Warning or other locations designated high risk, undergraduate students cannot use scholarship awards for study abroad programs and/or individual international projects outside of venues approved by Ohio State. Approved programs are communicated on the OIA website via the study abroad search engine

Graduate and professional students may petition the International Travel Policy Committee for approval a minimum of three months prior to proposed travel. Countries currently on Department of State Travel Warning can be viewed at: www.travel.state.gov. For further information on the policy and/or the petition process, please contact Dru Simmons, international risk manager, (simmons.541@osu.edu), Office of Risk Management and Insurance.

Ohio State students traveling to international locations for the purpose of study abroad, undergraduate or graduate/dissertation research, internships or independent study are required to enroll in the university’s supplemental international insurance which is provided through HTH Worldwide.  The insurance includes coverage for medical, evacuation, repatriation, emergency assistance, and political security and natural disaster.  Students participating in study abroad programming coordinated through the Office of International Affairs are automatically enrolled in the supplemental international insurance. Students who are traveling abroad independently may enroll on-line for the supplemental insurance.

Final Report

SBS will expect grant recipients to submit a final report once their research has been completed.  The final report requirement can be satisfied in one of the following two ways:

  1. Prepare a summary of the research no longer than five typewritten double-spaced pages. Include an abstract, a description of the methodology that was used in the research, a discussion of the results, a consideration of the significance of the results in terms of your own learning as well as in terms of the contribution to your discipline, and a bibliography.  Submit your report to Dr. Deborah Haddad, 114 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall.
  2. Submit a copy of a final project paper via email attachment if one was required by your faculty project advisor.  Email to Dr. Deborah Haddad at haddad.2@osu.edu.
     

Step 1

Prepare the following two documents.  You will upload these when you complete the online application in Step 2.

Project Proposal

Select a research topic which you and your faculty project advisor believe can be completed within a reasonable time frame, but no longer than one year. Elaborate proposals with questionable time frames will not be competitive. Where relevant, be certain to discuss the ways in which this project will contribute to an honors thesis and/or will permit you to continue an ongoing research project.

  • Prepare a project proposal of not more than three typewritten double-spaced pages. The proposal should include a concise summary statement of the methodology to be used in the research, the results anticipated, and the general significance of the project.
  • Because your proposal may be judged by someone who is not a specialist in your field, you should attempt to state your proposal and its significance in relatively non-technical terms.
  • The proposal also should include a statement concerning any arrangements that have been made to obtain or use special equipment or other resources required for the project.
  • Your project proposal should be written in consultation with the SBS faculty member who will serve as the project advisor and who will complete the Faculty Project Advisor Recommendation that is part of this application package.
Saving your document:
  • The document must be saved in the following format:
    Last Name_#_Proposal.pdf
    For example: Jane Buckeye.123 would save as Buckeye_123_Proposal.pdf.
  • The following are acceptable file types: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .xls, .xlsx 
  • The following must appear in the upper right-hand corner of your project proposal: Last Name, First Name and OSU ID.
Budget

Applications will not be considered without an itemized budget. Be as specific as possible providing both a description of what you will need to purchase as well as the cost for each item.  At the bottom of your budget include a total cost for all items. Bear in mind that:  1) items identified as "Miscellaneous" will not be funded, and 2) equipment will not be funded due to the complex University rules regarding funding for equipment.

Saving your document:
  • The document must be saved in the following format:
    Last Name_#_Budget.pdf
    For example: Jane Buckeye.123 would save as Buckeye_123_Budget.pdf.
  • The following are acceptable file types: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .xls, .xlsx
  • The following must appear in the upper right-hand corner of your budget document: Last Name, First Name and OSU ID.

Step 2

Complete the online application form, upload your project proposal and budget.  

Before submitting your application, review all information entered to ensure there are no errors; once you submit your application you will not be able to make any changes. Your project proposal and budget proposal must be ready to be uploaded as part of the online application.

Submit Application

Step 3

Ask your faculty project advisor to write a recommendation addressing the following six questions.

Provide the faculty member with this web page link so that s/he may review the questions and access the recommendation upload link.

Please be certain to tell your project advisor that this is not a standard letter of recommendation, but that it must address these questions.

Faculty Recommender - The purpose of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Grants program is to encourage students to enrich their undergraduate academic programs by choosing research.  Because the Faculty Project Advisor is essential to a student's meaningful understanding of research in the social sciences, your candor in evaluating the student, the project, and your own available time is much appreciated.

For your recommendation, please address the following six questions:

  1. What is the significance of the proposed project?
  2. Given available resources, is this project feasible?
  3. How well prepared is the student to undertake this project?
  4. Are you willing to commit yourself to, and does your schedule permit supervision of the project throughout the period of support?
  5. Please address the issue of the relative independence of the project with regard to your own research.
  6. If the student has previously received funding for this project, please address such details as the ways in which that funding was used, how well the project has progressed, and why additional funding is needed to complete this project?
  • You will need to know the student's name.# (e.g. buckeye.123) in order for your recommendation to be correctly matched with the applicant.
  • Please save your recommendation in the following format:
    Student Last Name_#_Recommendation.pdf
    For example: Jane Buckeye.123 would be saved as Buckeye_123_Recommendation.pdf.
  • The following are acceptable file types: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .xls, .xlsx

Submit Recommendation

Additional Resources

H. Dean and Susan Regis Gibson Research Award - Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging
Travel and research grants in Jewish Studies
The Ohio State University Undergraduate Research Office
Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research


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