Undergraduate Research Scholarship and International Research Grant


The Spring 2021 Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) competition is now closed.  Check back in August for the Autumn 2021 competition.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be earning a degree in the college of Arts and Sciences and have an Arts and Sciences major (please note: students earning a degree in Arts and Sciences with an Arts major who are working on a creative or research project should apply for the Arts Undergraduate Research Scholarship rather than the general Undergraduate Research Scholarship available through this application);
  • Have attained junior standing by time of funding;
  • Be a potential candidate for graduation with research distinction or with honors research distinction or present evidence of work on a significant research project;
  • NOT be graduating the semester of application;
  • Be enrolled full-time during semester(s) of funding;
  • Have an Ohio State faculty advisor with whom they work to devise and refine a proposal, and who will be responsible for overseeing the project once it is underway.

Awards generally range from $250 to $10,000 and are applied toward university tuition and fees (your statement of account) for the 2021-2022 academic year. The funds automatically go toward the payment of the student recipient’s university tuition and fees, (please note the information about financial aid restrictions, which is included on the application materials).

The deadline for applications for the Autumn 2021 competition will be announced in August. The Research Scholarships Subcommittee of the ASC Honors Committee will be responsible for reviewing proposals and assigning the awards likely in early to mid December  2021.   

 The information provided should include a project proposal of not more than 5 typewritten double-spaced pages, a maximum of 1,250 words.  More information is available in the application.

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  1. Travel
    Ohio State’s travel restrictions for non-essential domestic and international travel are currently extended through June 30, 2021. In accordance with the travel guidelines, the university cancelled all education abroad programs for Spring 2021 given the sustained influx in the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States and continued volatility internationally including uncertainties around country-specific travel restrictions and limitations around the world, such as border closures and local/regional lock-downs.  In late January, decisions will be made about travel happening May 2021 and beyond.
  2. Education Abroad
    Ohio State has canceled all university-sponsored, direct enrollment, exchange and third-party education abroad programs, practicums and internships for spring semester 2021. Sponsoring departments and students who have registered for spring semester programs have been notified of the cancellation decision.  Decisions regarding summer 2021 programs, including student application deadlines and program viability decision dates, are available here.  If education abroad students have questions or need to speak with an education abroad specialist, please call 614-292-6101 or email abroadadvisor@osu.edu.  Answers to frequently asked questions

We will not be taking applications for the Arts and Sciences International Research Grant competition this academic year (2020-2021) due to COVID-19.   Please check back again in August 2021 for the Autumn 2021 IRG competition. 






 (for Undergraduates in Arts and Sciences)


DEADLINES:  For application                March 5, 2021

                        For recommendation      March 5, 2021


Name of student                                                                                                                           

Project Title                                                                                                                                                    

Since each applicant is an academically talented student, your careful assessment of the significance and feasibility of this student’s contributions and project and of his/her ability to complete it is very important to the Honors Committee's evaluation of the proposals. Please return the completed form (or a letter that addresses the items listed on this form) to braund.11@osu.edu) on or before March 5, 2021.


1.   What is the significance of the proposed project and the student’s contributions?


2.   Given a time period of two semesters (i.e., the scholarship period, which is the 2021-2022 academic year) and the potential resources available, is this project feasible? Also, if applicable, please address if IRB or IACUC approval is needed (or has already been submitted or obtained).


3.   How well prepared is the student to undertake the project?


4.   Are you willing to commit yourself to, and does your schedule permit, supervision of the project throughout the scholarship period (the 2021-2022 academic year)?


5.   Please address the issue of the relative independence of the project with regard to your own research.


6.   If the student has previously received funding for his or her work on this project, please address details such as what that funding supported, how well the project has progressed, and why additional funding would be appropriate for this student.


7.   Additional comments








Eligibility to Apply

  • Do I have to be in the Honors Program to apply? 
  • Do I have to be pursuing a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences to apply?
  • Does my project advisor have to be an Ohio State faculty member?
  • Do I have to be planning to travel internationally (related to my research) to apply for the IRG?
  • If I am graduating at the end of this semester, can I apply for the URS or IRG during this semester?
    No.  The funding is designed to support continuing or future undergraduate research.  Once you have graduated, you are no longer an undergraduate.  (As a result, students graduating at the end of Spring Semester 2020 (for example) are not eligible to apply for funding through the Spring 2020 competition.)
  • Can I apply if my project does not have any costs associated with it?
    Yes, you are welcome to apply for the URS.  The URS is designed to be applied to your tuition, fees, room, and board, to reduce the cost of your education and enable you to have more time to spend on your research (rather than working at a job, for instance).  The scholarship is not necessarily designed to cover costs associated with your project.  (That said, if you are already receiving scholarship and/or grant aid that covers your full cost of attendance, you would only be eligible to receive additional funding to cover your own out-of-pocket expenses associated with your research.  Therefore, if you are already receiving scholarship and/or grant aid that covers your full cost of attendance, you should not apply unless you have costs associated with your research that you (personally) will be responsible for paying.)
  • If I am already receiving scholarship or grant aid that covers my entire cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room, and board), can I still apply for these awards?
    Yes.  That said, you will only be eligible to receive funding beyond the cost of attendance to cover documented out-of-pocket expenses (for which you personally will be responsible) related to your research.  In this situation, you will need to submit a Cost of Attendance Appeal to Student Financial Aid to request an increase in your cost of attendance limit.  If you do not have any costs associated with your research that you will be responsible for paying, you should not apply for these awards.

Timing of Funding

  • If I am awarded the URS, when will I receive it?
    If you entered the Autumn competition, you will receive your scholarship as part of the following Spring Semester’s financial aid disbursal.  If you entered the Spring competition, you will receive your scholarship as part of your financial aid for the terms you designate over the following academic year (Summer, Autumn, and/or Spring).  Typically, those awarded scholarships through the Spring competition will receive half of the scholarship in the following Autumn and half in the following Spring.
  • If I am awarded the IRG, when will I receive it?
    As soon as possible after awards are announced and after you have enrolled in Ohio State’s Supplemental Travel Insurance (which is required in order to receive the IRG).

Funding Conditions – Enrollment Requirements

  • Do I have to be enrolled full time during the terms I would receive the URS?
    Yes, unless you ask for and are granted a special exception.  Special exceptions to the full-time enrollment requirement are typically only considered when you are anticipating a heavy research emphasis during the funding term, and the exception will usually result in a reduction in your award based on the actual number of credit hours in which you are enrolled.
  • Do I have to be enrolled full time in order to receive the IRG?

Applying More Than Once

  • Can I apply for the URS more than once?
    Yes.  However, you are more likely to be awarded a more significant scholarship if you apply later in your undergraduate career (in your third or fourth year) when your research project is more fully developed.  Also, you should be aware that the committee that reviews applications will take into consideration whether you have received the scholarship previously.

    Please note that if you receive a scholarship through the Spring URS competition, you should not also apply for the Autumn URS competition that immediately follows it.  These competitions provide funding for the same academic year and should be considered mutually exclusive (you can apply for one or the other, but not both).

Spring 2021 Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) recipients

Autumn 2020 Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) recipients

Spring 2020 Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) recipients

Autumn 2019 Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) recipients

Spring 2019 Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) recipients

Autumn 2018 Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) recipients

Spring 2018  Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) recipients



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