Graduate Student Funding

We are committed to providing the necessary resources to support our future scholars and professionals. Funding for graduate students takes the form of graduate fellowships and associateships. These awards cover tuition and fees and provide a living stipend and healthcare subsidy.

The program’s home department or the Graduate School primarily provides graduate student information and resources; however, there are select resources available to graduate students enrolled in one of the divisions of the College of Arts and Sciences – Arts and Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Natural and Mathematical Sciences. The Academic Programs information will help you determine which division each program is under.

ICPSR Summer Program Scholarships

For graduate students and pre-tenure scholars interested in acquiring quantitative skills.

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is offering funds to support summer training in quantitative methods and data analysis for graduate students and pre-tenure scholars in political science.

The following scholarships provide a tuition waiver to the four-week sessions of the 2020 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. From late-June through mid-August 2020, the ICPSR Summer Program will offer two consecutive four-week sessions on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. The four-week sessions are an immersive learning experience in which participants receive hands-on training in a variety of research methods while building a community of friends, collaborators, and future colleagues. Four-week courses include introductory and advanced regression analysis, time series analysis, Bayesian analysis, rational choice theory, SEM, MLE, game theory, and more.

The scholarship application deadline is Tuesday, March 31, 2020. For more information, including eligibility criteria and application materials, visit the ICPSR Summer Program’s Scholarship page or contact the Summer Program at

In addition to the scholarships offered by ICPSR, the College of Arts & Sciences is setting aside a small pool of competitive funds to help support up to three students ($2,500 each) who wish to attend up to one, four-week session of the ICPSR summer program. To apply, interested students should send a letter stating how the program will enhance their education and what they hope to achieve with this additional training. The student’s application should also include a CV and a letter of recommendation from the department’s Director of Graduate Studies. Letters should be addressed to Dean Morton O’Kelly and application packets sent to the attention of Assistant Dean Brian Orefice, Application deadline will also be Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Robert H. Edgerley Environmental Toxicology Fund

Supports graduate students conducting thesis or dissertation research in environmental toxicology by providing stipends, supplies, equipment, or travel.
Deadline for submission is Monday, March 23, 2020.

Edgerley RFP [pdf]

Helen M. and Milton O. Lee Fellowships Fund

Fellowships for graduate students to attend Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. Open to all NMS graduate students. The Lee Fellowship deadline is Monday, March 23, 2020.

Lee RFP [pdf]

Arts and Humanities

Arts & Humanities Graduate Research Small Grants Program

Program Description

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 on a competitive basis. Applications may be submitted at any time, but they should be submitted at least eight weeks before the date when the funds are to be used.

This funding is not a substitute for other forms of funding that currently exist. Rather, it is designed to support research activities in instances where other sources (e.g., departmental sources, the Council of Graduate Students) are inadequate or unavailable in order to help fill gaps not met by current opportunities. For information on funding opportunities within your degree program, contact the Graduate Studies Director of your home department or school. Explore the Graduate School’s site for details on other university and external awards and programs.


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 academic year (beginning the first day of classes in the fall semester), but preference will be given to students who have not received funding from this program in preceding years.

Funding Categories and Grant Amounts

Students may apply for grants to fund any of the following and should mark on the DocuSign application which category their request falls under:

Categories 1 & 2 are eligible for up to $600:

1. Travel to conduct research (fieldwork, research collections, residency programs) in the United States or abroad.*

2. Travel for invited research presentations, performances, or exhibitions at significant professional meetings or events both here in the United States and abroad.*

Categories 3 – 6 are eligible for up to $500:

3. Remote or virtual opportunities related to categories 1 & 2.

4. Payment to human subjects related to your research project.

5. The purchase of research-related materials, such as videos or microfilms. (Note that any equipment purchased with grant money remains the property of The Ohio State University.)

6. Expenses related to the translation or transcription of primary research or research materials.

*NEW FISCAL YEAR 2022 TRAVEL GUIDELINES: Students must follow travel guidance from the Office of Business and Finance. Fiscal year runs July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Please work with your department if you’re planning domestic or international travel. Guidelines are updated as circumstances evolve.

Applicants should request funds at least eight weeks before the travel or other expense will take place. All funding is contingent on availability. Retroactive applications under this program will not be considered.

Application Process


Applications may be submitted at any time during the year, including the summer so long as funds are available. All applications must be complete and must use the DocuSign application form. This form will be used to both submit your proposal and route it for approval. As a result, when you initiate proposal submission in DocuSign, you will first be asked to include your name and Ohio State email address, as well as those of your  graduate advisor, graduate studies director, department head, and departmental fiscal officer. Please check these addresses carefully for accuracy as this will ensure timely review and processing of your application.

After entering name and email contact information, you then be able to submit your proposal, which must include the following:

  1. A letter of 1-2 pages in which the applicant describes the project, its purpose, significance history, and its relevance to the field, etc. In the case of a performance or presentation, 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 per diems are not permitted 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.

The application is now open for the 2021-22 academic year. The application will close around the last day of classes in April 2022 for the 2021-22 academic year.

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Review Process

Departmental Review

Once you submit the application using DocuSign, your graduate advisor will receive an email requesting a letter of support, which he or she will upload directly into DocuSign on your behalf. This letter should affirm the worthiness of the project and, in the case of conference papers, affirm the quality of the paper being delivered and the prestige of the conference in the student's field.

Once your graduate advisor uploads the letter of support and signs, your graduate studies director will receive an email from DocuSign requesting approval and confirmation of matching funds. Following this approval, DocuSign will send an email to your department chair for approval. At that point, you will receive an email from DocuSign indicating whether your grant was approved. This information will also be sent to your departmental fiscal officer. 

Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.  

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.)

If your proposal is approved, you will receive and email notice of award from DocuSign. At that point you should contact your departmental fiscal officer so that you can begin to use the funds. Note that these funds must be used in compliance with university policies.

Contact Information

For questions, please contact Assistant Dean, Brian Orefice at

Chu and Riley Graduate Student Scholarships

Program Description

The Gordon P.K Chu Memorial Scholarship supports graduate students within the humanities or related humanities-based disciplines, such as Art History or Musicology, with preference for international students participating in a study abroad program or independent research project, or US students participating in study abroad programs.

The annual income for the G. Micheal Riley International Academic Fund 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 exchange 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 for each program is $1,000.00.


Due to insufficient funds in the Chu and Riley accounts, we will not be accepting new applications starting academic year 2020-21 until further notice.

Application Information

A completed application consists of the following information:

  1. A 500-word statement or letter that describes the proposed study abroad program/project and activities.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members must accompany the application.
  3. Itemized Budget. Be as detailed as possible. Per diems are not allowed.

Once the applicant submits the application through the DocuSign application, the faculty recommenders will receive an automated email asking them to upload their letters. The faculty will have an additional week to do this, though it is recommended that the students ask for the reference to be written in advance and as early as possible.

New applications are no longer being accepted starting academic year 2020-21 until further notice.

Contact Information

For questions please contact Assistant Dean, Brian Orefice (