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Funding Opportunities for Study Abroad

Students interested in study abroad funding are encouraged to visit the Office of International Affairs website and talk with an education abroad advisor. Below is a non-exhaustive list of scholarships and grants that may be relevant to undergraduate political science students who are planning to study or conduct research abroad.  

For more information on funding, visit the OIA Grants and Scholarships page or check out their funding flyer.

Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships

Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships

The Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarship supports students who plan to study abroad and would not normally be able to afford an international experience. Scholarships will be awarded toward costs associated with study abroad excluding tuition. Preference is given to students who have not previously participated in a study abroad program. The study abroad opportunity may be a part of a program sponsored by The Ohio State University (managed by the Office of International Affairs) and/or an OSU academic unit, or a student's independent travel that is overseen by a member of the OSU faculty and for which OSU academic credit will be earned. For more information please visit the Arts and Sciences scholarship webpage.

International Research Grants for Undergraduates in Arts and Sciences

This scholarship encourages students to engage in research in international venues with their faculty mentors. Both students and faculty are encouraged to apply for grants to support undergraduate students who can benefit from doing research abroad. The awards for this scholarship are distributed by the Arts and Sciences Honors Program and the Office of International Affairs. To apply for this scholarship and read more information please visit the Arts and Sciences scholarship website.

Foreign Language Center

NSEP Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. To learn more about the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships please visit the website.

Melton Center for Jewish Studies

The Melton Center for Jewish Studies offers several scholarships and grants for undergraduate students to study abroad at select Jewish universities. For additional information, visit the Melton Center's Scholarships and Grants webpage

Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Student Research Grants

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies places an especially strong emphasis on supporting interdisciplinary research. Applicants for Student Research Grants are encouraged to develop collaborative interdisciplinary proposals that include a statement on how their project will contribute to the interdisciplinary development of knowledge. Interdisciplinary teams should strive to become more than the sum of their parts. The strongest team proposals will imagine a breakthrough that might come from active conceptual, methodological, and epistemological engagement across disciplines. Toward this end, promising teams will have a plan for their collaborative process. (For suggestions, see R. Bendix et. al., Sustaining Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Guide for the Academy, University of Illinois Press, 2017.)

To learn more about the types of projects being funded, please see project summaries on the Mershon Center website under Research and past Annual Reports. For more information on the application requirements for Student Research Grants from the Mershon Center, visit their website.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

O-H-I-O Education Abroad Scholarship

Scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students who are enrolled in a university-approved program, and special consideration will be given to those students from underrepresented groups, and/or first-generation students going abroad for the first time to study, conduct research, or render service. Students can receive up to $2,000 each. For more information about this scholarship opportunity please visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website.

Office of International Affairs

Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship

The Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship was created on September 1, 1999 to enhance the educational experience of Ohio State students by providing financial support to participants in Ohio State approved semester/summer-long study abroad programs. Up to 34 scholarships, in the amount of $2,500 each, will be awarded annually. Students can only receive the Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship one time. Competitions for the Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship will be held once per semester. For more information on selection criteria and application deadlines, please visit the Office of International Affairs scholarship webpage.

University Honors and Scholars Center

Honors & Scholars Enrichment Grants

The Honors & Scholars Center will award $75,000 annually in student enrichment grants to be utilized for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, research, creative work and study abroad. Scholarship amounts will range based on the student's proposals, with a maximum award of $3,000, and will be awarded through a competitive application process. Applicants must be current, full-time undergraduate students at the Columbus campus, and be in good standing in the University Honors Program or an Ohio State Scholars Program. For additional information, visit the Honors & Scholars opportunities webpage

Honors & Scholars Small Grants Program

The University Honors & Scholars Center Small Grants Program is funded by the Sidney Pressey Endowment Fund. The Program was formed to assist students who are candidates for graduation with honors research distinction and who have specific research needs not covered by other assistance. The maximum amount students can apply for is $300. Applications for Arts and Science students are available by contacting Anne Krabacher. The application needs to include a one-three page summary, a budget, and a letter of support from the faculty project adviser. For additional information, visit the Honors & Scholars opportunities webpage

External Scholarships

For a list of external scholarship opportunities for students interested in study abroad, visit the Office of International Affairs external funding webpage.