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.
Ohio State University Scholarships
College of Arts and Sciences
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.
Roth Family Endowment:
This award is open to Columbus campus undergraduate students with a declared major in the arts and sciences who are active in the Diversity Services Office Program for Advising in Scholarship and Service (PASS) or PASS Beyond. Recipients agree to make two presentations about their study abroad experience to approved groups upon their return. For more information please visit the Arts and Science scholarship webpage.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Grant:
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 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. For a list of the most recent winners from The Ohio State University please visit the following Arts and Sciences news article.
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
International Security Study Abroad Scholarship:
The International Security Study Abroad Scholarship supports students whose career plans lie in the area of international security and who want to enhance their educational experience by studying in a foreign country. As many as 12 scholarships of up to $2,000 each will be awarded. For more information about the International Security Study Abroad Scholarship please visit the scholarship webpage.
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Education Abroad Scholarships:
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
Francille M. Firebaugh Study Abroad Scholarship:
The Francille M. Firebaugh Study Abroad Scholarship was established on February 2, 1990 in honor of Francille M. Firebaugh, Vice Provost Emeritus, International Affairs, and Professor Emeritus, Family Resource Management in recognition of her years at Ohio State and her commitment to International Studies. The scholarship was created to help fund study abroad for currently enrolled Ohio State students. Funds permitting, five awards of approximately $1,000 each will be distributed each year. To learn more about selection criteria and application deadlines, please visit the Office of International Affairs scholarship webpage.
Jutta and Peter Neckermann Study Abroad Scholarship:
The Jutta and Peter Neckermann Study Abroad Scholarship will be awarded to full-time students participating in an approved study abroad program in Germany. Funds permitting, three awards of $500 each will be given out each year. Preference will be given to students who demontrate financial need. For more information, visit the Office of International Affairs scholarship webpage.
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.
Undergraduate Research Office
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. To learn more please visit the Ohio State Undergraduate Research website.
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 (email@example.com). 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.
For a list of external scholarship opportunities for students interested in study abroad, visit the Office of International Affairs external funding webpage.