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Funding is available Ohio State and external sources to support undergraduate research projects. Some awards or grants must be used for specific costs associated with a project (i.e. travel costs associated with conducting research abroad, purchasing equipment or supplies), and some are scholarships which can go towards Ohio State tuition and fees, or as a fellowship or stipend to support living expenses. Most funding sources require applications far in advance of when the student needs funds for, usually at least a semester. For example, applications for summer research funding are due mostly in January and early-mid February.

The list of funding awards the office is aware of is below - many of these recur on an annual or semesterly basis. This list is updated as new deadlines and awards are announced. Funding awards and deadlines are also advertised in the weekly e-newsletter. The OURCI also has compiled lists of funding for conference travel and undergrad research funding from external sources.

All majors

College of Arts and Sciences majors (breakdown of majors by area in ASC here)

All Arts and Sciences majors

  • Undergraduate Research Scholarships
    Deadline: September 19, 2016 and February 6, 2017 by 5pm
    Awards of $500 - $12,000 for students of at least junior standing and are potential candidates for research distinction or present other evidence of work on a significant research project.
  • International Research Grants
    Deadline: September 19, 2016 and February 6, 2017 by 5pm
    Awards up to $4000 to support research abroad.
  • Kathryn Sullivan Scholarship
    Deadline: February 10, 2017 by 4pm
    Award up to $1000 for ASC undergrads, with a preference for junior or senior women majoring or minoring in the sciences, who have a passion for exploration and/or aerospace, and who are in good academic standing.

Arts and Humanities majors

History majors

Natural and Mathematical Sciences majors

Psychology majors

  • Alkire Research Scholarship
    Deadline: March 1, 2017
    Award to help an outstanding junior or senior conduct research in psychology or the mental health field.
  • Billingslea Research Award
    Deadline: March 1, 2017
    Award to help an outstanding junior or senior conduct research in clinical psychology or a clinically related area.

Social and Behavioral Sciences majors

College of Business majors

College of Education and Human Ecology majors

College of Engineering majors

  • Undergraduate Research Scholarship
    Deadline: February 17, 2017 (Spring 17 deadline), May 26, 2017 (Summer 17 deadline), September 29, 2017 (Autumn 17 deadline)
    Scholarships for engineering majors pursuing a research or honors research thesis. Students who apply for the URS are also eligible for the Engineering Experiment Station Internships.

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences majors

Regional Campuses

  • Newark Student Research Grants
    Awards up to $1500
    • Conference Travel Deadline: rolling, but at least 5 weeks prior to the conference or at least 3 weeks prior to early registration deadline (whichever comes first)
    • Deadline for all other research activities: rolling, but application should be submitted at least 1 month before funds are needed

A complete list of OSU majors is available here.