Arts & Humanities Funding

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 of up to $500 on a competitive basis. Applications may be submitted at any time, but they should be received by the Arts & Humanities office 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. See below 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

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:

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

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

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.)

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

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 OSU 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.

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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