Faculty-Led Undergraduate Research Abroad Academic Enrichment Pilot Program


Sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Office, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of International Affairs.


This grant competition, sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Office, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of International Affairs seeks to engage faculty and increase their involvement in proposing and implementing new faculty-led undergraduate research abroad programs. This pilot program supports proposals from full-time faculty, within the College of Arts and Sciences, for proposed research abroad undergraduate programs. Group and individual student activities are subject to university requirements and policies regarding travel to risk-designated countries. Candidates working closely with their undergraduate curricular committees and reflecting the curricular plans will receive priority consideration.

Proposal Preparation

Proposals must include:

  • A 4–5 page narrative proposal outlining the proposed research abroad program
  • A 1-2 page overview of scheduled activities/itinerary
  • A 1 page overview describing program sustainability and length of commitment
  • A short (not to exceed 4 pages) curriculum vitae (CV) of the faculty applicant(s)
  • A letter of support indicating departmental-level endorsement
  • A detailed budget clearly depicting the faculty member's travel-related site visit costs (e.g., flights, per diem, etc.)
  • If the research experience is credit bearing, an initial syllabus conforming to the ASC Education Abroad guidelines is also required

Proposal Submission and Evaluation Process

Complete applications must be submitted as a single PDF document. The application deadline is Monday, January 16, 2017 by 11:59 pm. Submit completed applications electronically to heysel.1@osu.edu with a carbon copy to wallace.621@osu.edu. Applicants will be notified, via electronic mail, regarding the disposition of their application by Friday, January 20, 2017.

Applicants selected for potential funding will be required to submit a formal proposal for new programming to the Office of International Affairs by Wednesday, February 7, 2017 at 11:59 pm.


In 2017, the competition will fund 3 proposals of ≈$13,000-$15,000 each.  Each faculty member will receive $2,000-$4,000 (amount will vary based upon actual travel costs outlined in the budget) to support his/her travel-related site-visit and feasibility costs including travel and per diem. The Undergraduate Research Office will contribute $10,000, to each program to support undergraduate students’ future travel and research-related costs abroad.  The earliest start date for this program is May, 2018 and proposals must meet expected curricular and programmatic guidelines.

For additional information or to ask questions regarding the application process, please contact Dr. Garett Heysel (heysel.1@osu.edu) or Dr. Lorraine Wallace (wallace.621@osu.edu).