For Graduate Students

OSU Graduate School

Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Fulbright Program

Arts & Sciences Funding

Mershon Center Student Grants

Office of International Affairs Funding



OSU Graduate School

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 or a local graduate program.

Graduate School Fellowships

Graduate School Fellowships are awarded competitively to incoming students after nomination by their graduate program. Graduate students cannot apply directly for these fellowships. 

First-Year Fellowships

Graduate School First-Year Fellowships provide a monthly stipend, academic tuition and fees, and a subsidy of 85% of the student health insurance premiums. These fellowships are nonrenewable and may not be deferred.

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.

Multiple Year Fellowships

Multiple Year Fellowships may be able to be continued contingent upon the fellow’s maintenance of good academic standing and reasonable progress toward the completion of the Ph.D. or D.M.A. degree.

Presidential Fellowships

The most prestigious awards given by the Graduate School, the Presidential Fellowships, recognize the outstanding scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project.

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 as early as possible.

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 or advisor.

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The Susan Pratt Munthe Fund for Latin American Studies

The purpose of The Susan Pratt Munthe Fund for Latin American Studies is to support the research and/or travel of an eligible graduate student whose research interest is in Latin America. This award (no more than $2000) 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 (no more than $500) may be used to help cover travel or living expenses while abroad. To be eligible, applicants must be graduate students in good standing in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. During the period of the award they must either be enrolled in an approved study abroad program, or be engaged in a valid research project. (Contact: Lisa Voigt,

Mario Iglesias Award for Excellence in the Study and Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese will offer one or more awards 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 to a maximum of $1000 and support a variety of graduate associate needs, including educational materials and resources, costs to conduct research, or participation in professional conferences. Criteria for selection include the quality of the student’s work, the significance of the activity for which the award is sought, and the recommendation of the student’s supervisor or advisor. (Contact: Lisa Voigt,

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. Criteria for selection include the quality of the research project, the academic record and qualifications of the student, and the recommendation of the student’s referee. The recipient will be selected by a committee of faculty from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for African Studies. (Contact: Lisa Voigt,

Fulbright Program

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. The application process is coordinated by the Graduate School.  

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. The application process is administered by the Office of International Affairs.

Arts and Sciences Funding

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 on a competitive basis. Applications may be submitted at any time, but they should be received by the Arts and Humanities office at least six weeks before the date when the funds are to be used.

Dr. Gordon P.K. Chu Memorial Scholarship

The Dr. Gordon P.K. Chu Memorial Scholarship is merit-based scholarship supports graduate students within Humanities (or related humanities-based disciplines, such as art history or musicology), with preference for international students, participating in a study abroad program or independent research project. The scholarship amount is $1,000; up to two scholarships will be awarded.

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 (or related humanities-based disciplines, such as art history or musicology) who need to travel abroad for professional reasons. Up to two scholarships will be awarded each year.

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. Up to two scholarships will be awarded each year.

Mershon Center Student Grants

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. We are also interested in projects related to Ohio State's global gateways in China, India, and Brazil, as well as policy issues in bio-security and cyber-security. Funds may be used for a variety of purposes related to the conduct of research including travel costs, food and lodging expenses, interview or library fees, survey costs, and other expenses. To learn about student projects funded by the Mershon Center, please see past issues of the Mershon Center Annual Report under Publications.

Office of International Affairs Funding

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 (pending availability of funds) 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 submit their Career Development Grant Application to the Council of Graduate Students (CGS) for an opportunity to receive an award to defray costs associated with the development of their careers. By offering grants of up to $250 each, CGS provides an incentive for graduate students to invest effort in their own career development while attending Ohio State. These grants provide subsidies for expenses incurred by the activities outlined by applicants in their Career Development Plan. Career Development Grants are awarded to individuals demonstrating strong linkages between their stated professional goals and their submitted Career Development Plan. Additionally, applicants will be evaluated upon the relevance and strength of proposed activities as they relate to the applicant's resume and the Career Development Plan.

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. Students may apply online via the NSF. 

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 (the Rowe Fund), which provides funding of up to $15,000.  Given the supplementary nature of the program, beneficiaries need to secure additional resources to successfully finance their studies. Email for more information.

Inter-American Foundation

Fellowships are available to currently registered students who have advanced to candidacy (by the time research begins) 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.