The Ohio State University Grants and Awards for Graduate Students

The university has several programs for graduate students that provide funding for research and travel, opportunities to develop one's skills as a teacher, and awards for excellent teaching or service.

PhD Student Quintin Beazer, in Red Square, in Moscow, Russia.PhD student Miryam Chandler, in Mexico doing dissertation research.PhD student Zoltan Buzas visiting Washington DC National Archives.

Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship

The Alumni grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship (AGGRS) provide up to $2000 for dissertation research support to doctoral candidates without any other research support from their department or advisor due to lack of funds. Other eligible candidates include those pursuing a comparable graduate degree requiring a thesis. Although eligibility is based on financial need, awards are based on merit.

All doctoral candidates who have passed the Candidacy Exam and whose dissertation project has been approved by their advisor are eligible to apply. MFA students are also eligible to apply for funds to support their MFA project. Previous AGGRS awardees are not eligible for a second award. The competition is held twice each year, during Autumn and Spring Quarters. Faculty members of the University Research Committee, representing all ten academic areas, will review applications and make final recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School.

Council of Graduate Students Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service

The Council of Graduate Students Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service encourages and enables graduate students across the university to participate in professional conferences, both in their respective fields and in the broader community by reimbursing or partially reimbursing the expenses incurred by graduate students during travel to conferences and meetings to present original research.

The Ray Award evaluators give substantial weight to the applicant's service to his/her department, the university, and the surrounding community when making award decisions. Evaluators also take into account the academic standing of the applicant, the applicant's professional goals, the nature of the conference being attended, and the applicant's ability to convey the focus of his/her research to a general audience. Eligibility information is available at Eligibility information is available online. This is a quarterly competition.

Council of Graduate Students Distinguished Service Award

The Council of Graduate Students annually recognizes members of the university community (students, faculty, and staff) for their exceptional support of the graduate student population and for their contributions to enhancing the graduate student experience. A commemorative certificate is presented to each recipient.

Nomination Deadline: The nomination process takes place early in Spring Quarter and awards are given in May. Contact the Council of Graduate Students for more information at, 208 Ohio Union, 292-4380 or see additional award information on their website.

Critical Difference for Women Awards

The Critical Difference for Women Awards is a scholarship/grant-offering program of OSU that provides financial support to women students (and some men), faculty, and staff. It offers (1) Re-entry Scholarships for women who have interrupted their education due to unforeseen obstacles such as family responsibilities or financial constraints and who are seeking undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees; and (2) Coca-Cola Dissertation Grants for Research on Women, Gender, and Gender Equity. Administered through the Women's Studies Department, these awards typically have a spring deadline.

Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum

Every spring quarter, the Council of Graduate Students hosts the Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum for graduate study at The Ohio State University. Students enrolled in any area of graduate study at The Ohio State University are invited are invited to submit their work. Submissions are due in January. In February, eight papers from each of the 10 graduate school areas are chosen for the competition. Those selected give a public presentation on their research. Three winners are selected from each of the 10 Graduate School areas, and the winners are announced in April at the Research Forum. First prize is $300 cash and a $500 travel award, second prize is $200 cash, and third prize is $100 cash.

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

These awards are provided through the following Area Studies programs.

The East Asian Studies Center

The Center for Slavic and Eastern European Studies

Global Gateway Graduate Student Research Abroad Grant

The Global Gateway Graduate Student Research Abroad Grant encourages and promotes the professional and academic development of graduate student researchers at The Ohio State University by providing financial support that allows students to undertake research abroad.  Students will be able to assist the University pursue its strategic international goals by creating and bolstering relations with universities and other institutions across the world.

Graduate Associate Teaching Award

The Graduate Associate Teaching Award (GATA) is the University's highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. A $1500 award is given to the ten GATA recipients along with a plaque, which is presented to the awardees during a visit to their classes.

Mershon Center for International Security Studies Grants

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies Grants supports travel, research, or enrollment in courses at accredited universities in other countries. Funds may be used for a variety of purposes related to the conduct of research and study: travel costs, food and lodging expenses, tuition at an accredited foreign institution, interview or library fees, survey costs, and other expenses related to the student's research project.

The Phyllis Krumm Memorial Scholarship

The next competition for the Phyllis Krumm Memorial Scholarship will be held in Spring 2008. Up to three awards of $1,000 each will be given to deserving graduate students for research or study in a European country or in China. Applicants must be enrolled as a post-baccalaureate student at OSU in an academic program of study in any field. Students must demonstrate excellence in scholarship and an appropriate background for research or study in Europe or China (including the mainland, Hong Kong, Macao, and/or Taiwan). They must be of good character and intend to conduct research or study requiring independent international travel (i.e., unassociated with an organized study abroad group). Preference is given to U.S. citizens, pursuing a career in diplomatic or other governmental international service.

The Presidential Fellowship

The Presidential Scholarship is a year-long fellowship given by the Graduate School that recognizes the outstanding scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Students do not apply directly to the Graduate School, but are nominated by Graduate Studies Committee Chairpersons. There is a fall and spring competition. Read more about the Presidentail Fellowship

The Preparing Future Faculty Program

The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program offers Ohio State graduate students the opportunity to experience first-hand the unique challenges and rewards of an academic career at a smaller college or university through a partner relationship with a mentor-faculty member at one of Ohio's leading liberal arts colleges and state universities.

Ohio State's PFF program has been approved as a Graduate School course, and graduate students' participation in the program is noted on their Ohio State transcripts. The premiere feature of the PFF experience is a mentorship with an accomplished faculty member at a PFF partner institution. After being "matched" with a mentor from a corresponding field of study, graduate students make between two and four visits to their mentor's school. The specific activities pursued within the mentorship are jointly selected by the graduate student and their faculty mentor. Preparing Future Faculty Program Application [pdf].

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