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Funding to support undergraduate research is available through Ohio State. Each award has its own requirements including specifics on what the funds can be used for. Deadlines vary, but most awards require an application be submitted far in advance of when the student will need the funds. Be sure to thoroughly read all the information that is provided by each funding sources.

We encourage all students to discuss funding sources with their faculty mentor, peers and other connections that they may have through their research to learn about other opportunities that the OUR&CI may not be aware of.

Below is a list of awards that the OUR&CI is aware of including:

  • funding awards for all majors
  • funding awards for field-specific research
  • funding for research abroad
  • funding for Arts and Sciences majors
  • funding for Arts and Humanities majors
  • funding for History majors
  • funding for Natural and Mathematical Sciences majors
  • funding for Psychology majors
  • funding for Social and Behavioral Sciences majors
  • funding for College of Business majors
  • funding for College of Education and Human Ecology majors
  • funding for College of Engineering majors
  • funding for College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences majors
  • funding for Regional Campuses

The OUR&CI has also compiled a similar list for students who are interested in receiving funding for conference travel, as well as external funding sources.

Have you been funded before by a source not listed below? Please email with the information of your funding source so that we can help spread the word to other students!

Funding Awards for All Majors

OUR&CI Summer Research Fellowship
Deadline: February 17, 2017 at noon 
Fellowship to support full-time, independent research with an OSU faculty member in any discipline.

Honors & Scholars Enrichment Grants 
Deadline: November 25, 2016 and February 15, 2017 
Up to $3000 to fund a project or experience to enhance a student's academic experience and learning within H&S's G.O.A.L.S.

Professional Development Grants for Women 
Deadline: September 22, 2016 and March 30, 2017
Students at sophomore level and above can apply for a grant up to $1000.

Undergraduate Student Government Academic Enrichment Grants
Deadline: April 29, 2016
Up to $1200 to fund a variety of research-related expenses.

Funding Awards for Field-Specific Research

Byrd Polar Research Center G. McKenzie Scholarship Fund
Deadline: TBA
Up to $600 to support undergraduate researchers working with Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center scientists.

Global Mobility Project Undergraduate Research and Mentorship Grants
Deadline: February 20, 2017 and October 31, 2017
Up to $2000  for completion of a research-based paper, digital humanities project, or creative work in an arts discipline.

International Security Studies Theses & Study Abroad Scholarships 
Deadline: February 27, 2017
Up to $3000 to support students whose professional training and career plans lie in the field of international security.

Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi Student Research Grants 
Deadline: September 23, 2016
Sophomores and above can apply for grants to support research in scientific fields.

Pelotonia Undergraduate Fellowships
Deadline: February 17, 2017
Full-year $12,000 awards to support students conducting research projects in any field that relates to cancer.

SOLAR Foundation Research Awards 
Deadline: December 2, 2016
Up to $1000 for research in epidemiology, virology, HIV & AIDS education, & other infections of the blood and related subjects

University Libraries Undergraduate Research Experience 
Deadline: February 17, 2017 at noon (deadline has passed)
A 10 week full-time summer partnership experience with librarians and libraries common to many discipline areas. 

Funding for Research Abroad

Holbrook Research Abroad Fellowship 
Deadline: February 17, 2017 at noon 
Fellowship to support full-time, independent research in any discipline in a foreign country.

Melton Center for Jewish Studies Travel and Research Grants
Deadline: year-round
Award to support conference travel or research for project in Jewish Studies.

Office of Energy and Environment Research & Travel Grants
Deadline for research grant: October 16, 2017
Grants to support research related to energy, the environment, and sustainability.

Office of International Affairs Academic Enrichment Grant 
Deadline: February 6, 2017
Awards supports proposals from all academic disciplines for proposed research projects in any world region.

Funding for Arts and Sciences Majors

International Research Grants
Deadline: September 19, 2016 and February 6, 2017 by 5pm
Awards to encourage students to engage in research in international venues with their faculty mentors.

Kathryn Sullivan Scholarship
Deadline: February 10, 2017 by 4pm
Preference for junior or senior women majoring/minoring in the sciences, who have a passion for exploration and/or aerospace.

Undergraduate Research Scholarships
Deadline: September 19, 2016 and February 6, 2017 by 5pm
For junior status students who are candidates for research distinction or is working on a significant research project.

Funding for Arts and Humanities Majors

Arts and Humanities Small Grants
Deadline: October 14, 2016 and March 17, 2017 by 5pm
Awards up to $500 to enhance opportunities to conduct research/creative activity.

Arts Undergraduate Research Scholarship
Deadline: October 6, 2016 and March 11, 2017 by 5pm
Awards for Arts majors from $500 to $7000.

John Fergus Family Fund Scholarship
Deadline: November 21, 2016 at 5pm
Awards of $1000 to support art-making and an exhibition of the student's work.

History Majors

History Honors Thesis Research Grants
Deadline: February 27, 2017
Awards for History majors to support honors thesis research.

Natural and Mathematical Sciences Majors

Mayers Summer Research Scholarship
Deadline: February 17, 2017
Full-time summer fellowship to support student research projects.

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

SBS Undergraduate Research Awards
Deadline: September 23, 2016 and February 10, 2017 by 4pm
Awards up to $1000 to support research by SBS majors.

College of Business Majors

Research Scholarships
Special scholarships are available to students pursuing a degree with distinction.
Contact: Kim Bader

College of Education and Human Ecology Majors

Undergraduate Research Scholarships
Deadline: May 6, 2016
Scholarships for students who are conducting a research thesis or honors research thesis.

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.

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Majors

OARDC SEEDS Research Enhancement Grants
Deadline: January 11, 2017
Grants to conduct OARDC-supported research.

Regional Campuses

Newark Student Research Grants
Deadline: rolling, but applications should be submitted at least 1 month prior to funds being needed