Ohio University

A&S Graduate Student Research Fund

Objectives of the Program

The objective of the College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Research Award is to support graduate students in their research endeavors.

Awards will be made to support travel to field sites to collect data, travel to and registration fees for conferences (must be presenting), supplies and materials directly associated with research, professional development opportunities (e.g., workshop to learn a new skill not available on campus), technology directly related to research (laptop or tablet), etc. Awards may not be used to fund salary (either that of one's own or an assistant). Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate a clear and compelling link between the funds and proposed research or scholarly activity.


Awards are open to all full-time graduate students from any discipline within the College of Arts & Sciences at either the master's or doctoral level. Students must be in good standing and have a GPA above 3.500 (unless the student is in first semester and does not yet have a GPA). Priority will be given to students in the terminal year of their degree program, but awards will be made on a competitive basis (i.e., the best proposals will be funded). Students may apply more than once during their degree program; however, awards will not be made in consecutive cycles.

Review Cycles & Deadlines

There will be two review cycles offered each year:

Fall cycle: for activities taking place between Dec. 1 and May 31.

  • Deadline for Submission: Nov. 1

Spring Cycle: for activities taking place between June 1 and Nov. 30.

  • Deadline for Submission: April 1

Funds will be allocated such that 50 percent are available for each cycle. Up to 10 awards will be made at each cycle, typically for $1,000 each.

Review and Evaluation

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of graduate students and the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty, Research, and Graduate Studies. The committee of graduate students will be distributed across disciplines to best reflect the graduate student body of the college. Membership will be based upon recommendation by the departmental Graduate Chair and invitation by the Senior Associate Dean. This committee will be formulated in September of each academic year.

Proposal Preparation

It is the responsibility of the individual preparing the proposal to make sure that it is complete. All pages should be numbered, single-spaced with 12-point font, and one-inch margins. Under no circumstance should the proposal exceed the seven pages allotted. Each proposal should contain the following:

  1. Cover page (page 1): A sample cover page is provided [PDF]. Type in all appropriate fields, then simply continue with the rest of the proposal and save with an appropriate filename. When complete, export the file to PDF format, which will enable Adobe E-signatures. Signatures attest to the accuracy of the information provided and cover obligations for any matching dollars provided. The cover page must always be the top sheet of the proposal.
  2. Narrative (pages 2-3): The narrative should not exceed two written pages. Here the student should explain (a) the research in clear terms readable by a general audience and (b) how and why these funds would benefit your research and the completion of the degree. Thus, two subsections should be provided: "Research" and "Benefits."
  3. Literature Cited (page 4): Include up to one page of literature that was cited in the narrative. Five to 15 citations are typical.
  4. Budget Justification (page 5): Up to one page can be used to explain how the proposed funds will be used to further the research. If the department is willing to provide matching funds, or the student has additional resources, please note these in this section. Matching funds will be viewed favorably but are not required.
  5. Curriculum Vitae (pages 6-7): Please provide a two-page CV that details educational experience, relevant coursework, milestones completed (e.g., proposal defense), and all research products to date (i.e., peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, previous grants, etc.).

Proposal Submission

Proposals must be submitted electronically in PDF format. Name the proposal using your LASTNAME-DEPT.pdf (e.g., McCarthy-PBIO.pdf). Send completed proposals with all signatures as an email attachment to Erin Thompson (thompse2@ohio.edu) by noon on the date specified for each cycle. Early proposals are welcome, but please do not submit more than 30 days in advance.