Graduate students can be supported through fellowships, traineeships, graduate associateships for teaching, research, or administration, personal finances, employer programs, and loans. At Ohio State, approximately 55 percent of graduate students are supported by graduate associateships or fellowships from the Graduate School.
Graduate Enrichment Fellowships
Graduate Enrichment Fellowships are used to recruit new, incoming graduate students to Ohio State who will bring diversity to the Graduate School.
Graduate School Matching Tuition and Fee Award
The Graduate School may be able to provide matching support for grants and other external funds that support graduate students.
The most prestigious awards given by the Graduate School recognize the outstanding scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project.
The University Fellowship is awarded by OSU's Graduate School to incoming graduate students.
J. Parker and Kathryn Webb Dinius Fellowship
The J. Parker and Kathryn Webb Dinius Fellowship supports students who plan to pursue or who are pursuing a graduate or professional degree at The Ohio State University.
Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) Graduate Fellowship
The intent of the SROP Graduate Fellowship program is to offer admission and financial support to outstanding Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) participants.
Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship
The Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship (AGGRS) provides up to $2000 for dissertation research support to doctoral candidates without any other research support from their department/advisor.
The Susan Pratt Munthe Fund for Latin American Studies
The purpose of this award is to support the research and/or travel of an eligible graduate student whose research interest is in Latin America. This award may be used to help cover research/travel or living expenses while abroad.
Loann Crane Graduate Awards
The purpose of these awards is to help eligible graduate students pursue a research project or course of study in a Spanish-speaking country during summer or the academic year. These small awards may be used to help cover travel or living expenses while abroad. (Contact: Lisa Voigt, email@example.com)
Mario Iglesias Award for Excellence in the Study and Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese
These awards are in memory of Professor Mario Iglesias, to recognize graduate teaching associates for their excellence in classroom teaching or the study of Spanish or Portuguese language, literature, and/or culture. Individual awards may be up to $1000 and support a variety of graduate associate needs. (Contact: Lisa Voigt, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Josapahat Kubayanda Graduate Student Scholarship
Applications are invited for an award of $1,200 to a deserving Ohio State graduate student pursuing research, preferably on a dissertation, in Latin American, Caribbean, or African literatures and cultures. (Contact: Lisa Voigt, email@example.com)
Graduate Teaching Associates
Each year the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The Ohio State University awards a number of Graduate Associateships to graduate students who are working toward the degree.
The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) is a federally funded graduate fellowship program designed to assist students of superior ability who demonstrate financial need in obtaining a PhD in Spanish or Portuguese.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright Program is the largest U.S. exchange program for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation program supports travel for research and study opportunities or dissertation research in modern foreign languages and specific area studies that must be conducted in another country.
Arts and Humanities Graduate Research Small Grants Program
The Graduate Research Small Grants Program is designed to enhance opportunities for graduate students in Arts and Humanities to conduct research by offering supplemental financial support of up to $500.
Dr. Gordon P.K. Chu Memorial Scholarship
The Dr. Gordon P.K. Chu Memorial Scholarship is merit-based scholarship supports graduate students within Humanities, with preference for international students, participating in a study abroad program or independent research project.
The G. Michael Riley International Academic Fund
The G. Michael Riley International Academic Fund provides a stipend of $1,000 for graduate students in Humanities who need to travel abroad for professional reasons.
International Awards for Visual/Performing Arts
The International Awards for Visual/Performing Arts from Arts and Humanities provides a stipend of $1,000 for graduate students in visual/performing arts fields who need to travel abroad for professional reasons.
The Mershon Center for International Security Studies seeks applications from Ohio State graduate students for the Mershon Center Student Grants to support travel and research on topics related to international security. Funds may be used for a variety of purposes related to the conduct of research. To learn about student projects funded by the Mershon Center, please see past issues of the Mershon Center Annual Report under Publications.
International Affairs Grant
To promote the understanding of foreign countries, cultures, and peoples through academic study.
Sonkin-Bergman-Wasserman Families' Scholarship for International Understanding and Peace
Provides one or more awards for deserving graduate/professional students at The Ohio State University active in research or study that contributes to the pursuit of international understanding and peace.
Phyllis Krumm Scholarship
For graduate students to research or study in a European country or in China.
Council of Graduate Students Awards
The purpose of Council of Graduate Students is to support graduate students in pursuing their goals. Towards this end, CGS supports the following funding sources:
- The Career Development Grant program encourages graduate students to prepare for placement into their chosen field. Students will have an opportunity to receive an award to defray costs associated with the development of their careers. Career Development Grants are awarded to individuals demonstrating strong linkages between their stated professional goals and their submitted Career Development Plan.
- Ray Travel Award for Service and Scholarship encourages and enables graduate students across the university to participate in professional conferences by reimbursing or partially reimbursing the expenses incurred by graduate students during travel to conferences and meetings to present original research.
- 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 thesis or dissertation research abroad, and thus work toward the completion of their degree.
Critical Difference for Women
- Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Graduate Studies Grants for Research on Women, Gender, and Gender Equity: Gives research grants to support research, not dissertation writing, on any area of women's lives.
- Professional Development Grants: Awarded to facilitate professional development and career mobility of women and can be used for: participation and/or presentation at professional conferences, seminars, or workshops; research; materials, equipment, supplies, or other expenses directly related to career or professional development; developing articles or books for publication; and networking or mentoring activities.
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission.
Rowe Fund, Organization of the American States
The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (the OAS) offers both scholarships and interest-free loans to Latin American and Caribbean students to help finance their education, research or training at universities in the United States. The interest-free student loans are administered by the Leo S. Rowe Fund program, which provides funding of up to $15,000. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Fellowships are available to currently registered students who have advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. in the social sciences, physical sciences, technical fields and the professions as related to grassroots development issues. Applications for clinical research in the health field will NOT be considered.
David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship
Awards made for minimum of one and maximum of six academic semesters, supporting domestic and overseas study of a modern language other than English and the study of an area and culture.
International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)
The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics.
Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship
USIP’s Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship program awards non-residential fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peace-building.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program attracts outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State. It welcomes members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department and those with financial need.
CIC Traveling Scholar Program
This program of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation enables doctoral students to take advantage of educational opportunities at any CIC member institution, which are the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago.
Kathryn Davis Fellowship
The 100 annual fellowships are intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution.
Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program
The Multi-Country Research Fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral scholars.
External Funding Opportunities
Boren Awards for International Study
- Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to graduate students to add an international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
- Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to 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.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
- A variety of scholarships, grants, and fellowships are open to graduate students through the Fulbright Program.
- The Fulbright Program does not offer grants or scholarships to currently enrolled undergraduates. However, recent graduates are eligible for its English Teaching Assistantships.
Department of Defense
- The SMART Scholarship is open to graduate and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics disciplines.
United States Institute of Peace
- The Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program awards scholarships to students writing dissertations that relate to international peacebuilding and conflict management.
Council of American Overseas Research Centers
- The Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences. Research must be carried out in two or more countries outside of the U.S., at least one of which hosts an American overseas research center.