Office of Undergraduate Education Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry

Karen A Holbrook International Research Grant

The Karen A. Holbrook Fund was established in 2007 by the Board of Trustees with gifts from Dr. Holbrook, as well as gifts from colleagues, friends, and family in honor of Dr. Holbrook's distinguished career as the 13th president of The Ohio State University.

This endowed fund is used to financially support travel for a student to do research abroad during the summer semester (not affiliated with a Study Abroad Program). Students may receive up to $5000 in expenses covered related to travel, lodging, and other in-country expenses, as well as a stipend to use during the duration of the time abroad. 


The Holbrook Award program will not be offered in 2022 because of restrictions on university-sponsored international travel.  Please refer to OIA's Resumption of Travel protocols for further details.


The Part 1 of the application for this program includes:

  • Identifying Proposed Country Travel Risk Designation
    • OSU will not support travel to countries designated as being a Tier 5 or Tier 4 Travel Risk, you can visit the Office of International Affairs website for more information.
  • Application Materials Document
    • Overview of Proposed Research or Creative Project (maximum of 350 words)
    • Description of In-Country Support and Supervision (maximum of 250 words)

Valid Part 1 applicants will be invited to complete Part 2 of the 2022 application.  Part 2 will include:

  • Application Materials Document compiled into a single PDF titled "LastName_FirstName2022Holbrook"
    • Personal Statement (maximum of 1 single-spaced page)
    • Project Description and Overview of Student Project Responsibilities (maximum of 3 single-spaced pages)
    • Description of Current, Previous, and Pending Research Funding Support (if applicable)
    • Description of In-Country Support and Supervision
    • Project Timeline
    • Project Budget
    • IRB Application Status (if applicable)
    • OSU Advising Report
  • Letter(s) of Support
    • Letter from you Ohio State faculty research mentor
    • Optional letter from your in-country contact