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.


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,

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 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 Monday, January 9 – Monday, January 30, 2017. 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: November 21, 2016 at 5:00 PM. 

Please contact Merijn van der Heijden with questions at or 614 292 8861. 

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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.