The Ohio State University has many different research grants and scholarships available to undergraduate students who are conducting research. Below is a non-exhaustive list of funding opportunities available to students in the Department of Political Science. The Undergraduate Research Office (URO) webpage also offers additional information on external funding opportunities and international research programs.
Decision Sciences Collaborative pilot grants:
Special funding of up to $1,800 is available to sponsor and support undergraduate research in Decision Sciences at Ohio State. Any Ohio State faculty advisor can apply for such funds on behalf of an undergraduate. For more information visit the Decision Sciences Collaborative webpage.
Honors Summer Research Scholarship:
This scholarship provides especially promising candidates for graduation with Honors Research Distinction the opportunity to enhance the quality of their honors research and thesis projects. Seven awards of $3,500 each will be given out. Applicants must be members of an Honors program. For more information, please visit the Undergraduate Research Office webpage.
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. For more information visit the Arts and Sciences website.
Mershon Center for International Security Studies Student Grants:
The Mershon Center for International Security Studies offers research grants to support travel and research on topics related to international security. They are also interested in projects that emphasize the role of peacebuilding and development initiatives globally, in addition to projects that strengthen the global gateways in China, India and Brazil. The funding can be used for a variety of purposes related to research including travel costs, food and lodging expenses, interview or library fees, survey costs, and other expenses. To learn more about applying for the student grants, please visit the Mershon Center website.
Office of Diversity and Inclusion Student Research Grant:
The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) invites proposals from faculty, graduate, professional and undergraduate students for research and conferences that have as their central focus an interdisciplinary exploration of such topics as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or disability. For more information, see the ODI webpage.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Grants:
Each fall and spring semester, the Social and Behavioral Sciences offer research grants to undergraduate students whose research projects involve extraordinary costs. Any student with a declared major in the Social and Behavioral Sciences is eligible for this award, including honors and non-honors students. The maximum award amount is $1,000. To learn more about applying for this grant please visit the following Arts and Sciences .
Undergraduate Research Office's Holbrook Research Abroad Scholarship:
The Holbrook Research Abroad Scholarship was established to support highly motivated students in any field of study with the opportunity to carry out an independent research project in a foreign country with the guidance of an OSU faculty member. Each year two awards of $3,500 will be awarded. For more information, please visit the Undergraduate Research Office website.
Undergraduate Research Office's Summer Research Fellowship:
These fellowships provide highly motivated students in any field of study with the opportunity to carry out an independent research project with an OSU faculty member. Thirteen awards of $3,500 each will be awarded. For more information, visit the Undergraduate Research Office webpage.
Undergraduate Research Scholar Program:
The Office of Undergraduate Education, in partnership with the Undergraduate Research Office, designates up to 300 first-time Undergraduate Research Scholars every year. Each scholar receives a one-time award of $1,000 to conduct research or pursue a creative activity with a faculty member's supervision. Applications are accepted and awarded on a monthly basis. For additional information and upcoming deadlines, visit the Undergraduate Research Office webpage.
Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Academic Enrichment Grants:
The Undergraduate Student Government and the Office of Undergraduate Education offer Academic Enrichment Grants ranging from $100 to $1,200 to fund learning beyond the classroom. Funds can be utilized for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, research, creative work and professional development. For more information, visit the USG webpage.
Scholarship Competitions from the Arts and Sciences Honors Program
Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship:
The Arts and Sciences Honors Program offers applications each year for the annual Undergraduate Research Scholarship competition. In order to be eligible, students must be enrolled in a major program in the College of Arts and Sciences, have junior academic standing and either 1) be a candidate for graduation with research distinction or with honors research distinction, or 2) present other evidence of work on a significant research project. The scholarship offers a range of money from $500 to $12,000 that will be apportioned to summer, autumn, and spring semesters to cover university tuition and fees. For more information about the scholarship, please visit the Arts and Sciences Honors website.