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

Scholarships for research within the College of Arts and Sciences. Limited to undergraduate students. These scholarships are administered by the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. However, students do not have to be in the Honors Program in order to apply for funding.

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International Research Grants for Undergraduates in Arts and Sciences

Scholarships for international research within the College of Arts and Sciences. Limited to undergraduate students. These grants are administered by the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. However, students do not have to be in the Honors Program in order to apply for funding.

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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.


February 4, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.
Funding will support an activity taking place Summer 2019 - Spring 2020.


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 [doc]
  • 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. The faculty recommendation is due the same date that the student application is due.

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.

Award Distribution

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

Contact Person: Ann Rottersman, Director of Student Programs,

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 education 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 education 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 education abroad programs and/or individual international projects outside of venues approved by Ohio State. Approved programs are communicated on the OIA website via the education 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, (, Office of Risk Management and Insurance.

Arts Majors

Arts Undergraduate Research Scholarships

For students who are pursuing a degree in the Arts, willing to pursue ARTS honors and an Honors Distinction Project 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.

Application Instructions

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 a juried art competition open to studio-based visual art and design students at The Ohio State University. Students submit their work for review by a jury of faculty from the departments of Art; Arts Administration, Education and Policy; Design; and History of Art. Scholarship winners receive a $1,000 scholarship applied to their student account and exhibit at the annual Fergus Scholarship Award Exhibition, a group exhibition at Ohio State's Urban Arts Space featuring work selected from the scholarship recipients' application.

Important Dates

  • Aug. 21: Applications Open 
  • Nov. 4: Applications Due 
  • Nov. 12: Supplemental Materials Due via buckeyebox link
  • Late November through early December: Scholarship Notification via Ohio State email
  • Dec. 9–20: Artwork Drop Off at Hopkins Hall Gallery
  • Jan. 7–24: Exhibition at Hopkins Hall Gallery

Application Guidelines
The John Fergus Family Scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate (12 credit hours) and graduate students (8 credit hours) at The Ohio State University enrolled in a degree-granting program in the Departments of Art; Arts Administration, Education and Policy; History of Art; or Design. Eligible students must not have outstanding fee balances on their student account for Autumn Semester of the current academic year. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit works that will not be, or have not been, exhibited in Urban Arts Space and Hopkins Hall Gallery. Selected work must be available for the exhibition. Failure to provide work selected for the exhibition could result in disqualification and rescinding of the award.

To submit artwork for jury review, Applicants should complete an initial application via the below link. Within three business days of application, the applicant will receive a BuckeyeBox link via their Ohio State email address to upload images of their artwork for review. Applications are not complete until images have been received. 

Uploaded materials should contain:

  • No more than six images of works (Allowed file types: gif, jpg, png, eps, tif, pdf, avi, mov, mp3, wav)
  • A PDF or word doc detailing credit information for each work (title, materials, year, size or original duration)

Submission Requirements:

  • Please specify in the credit if a video is documentation or if an image is a detail
  • Video files must be no more than 2 minutes in length

Students must carefully read and follow all guidelines and instructions. Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines, or are submitted after the deadline, may not be eligible for an award.

All applications are due by Nov. 4, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Images must be uploaded by Nov. 12, 2019. 

Questions? Please contact Merijn van der Heijden at or (614) 292-8861 or Emily Oilar at or (614) 292-9905.

The John Fergus Family Scholarship was established with gifts from John C. and Elizabeth O. Fergus, and Robert H. Fergus, in honor of their mother, Edith Fergus-Gilmore.

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Arts and Humanities Majors

Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Research Small Grants

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.

If the applicant plans to use the funds in the spring, they should apply in the prior fall semester, and if they plan to use the funds during the summer or fall, they should apply in the prior spring semester.

Application Instructions

For additional information contact the Arts & Sciences Associate Dean’s Office, 614-292-4063.


Natural and Mathematical Sciences Majors

Edward G. Mayers Scholarships

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

  • Deadline: February 5, 2018 @ 5:00PM

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