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Thomas and Anne Walker award for Latin American Studies

2023-2024 application deadline: September 30, 2023

The Center for International Studies is thrilled to announce its third annual call for applications for undergraduate or graduate funding from the Thomas and Anne Walker Latin American Studies Endowment. 

Founded in honor of Dr. Thomas Walker, professor emeritus of Political Science and longtime director of the Latin American Studies program at Ohio University, and his wife Anne Walker, the Walker Fund provides financial support for students whose research and academic pursuits advance the study of Latin America and awareness of the region and its global relevance.  

A $700 award will be granted for the 2023-24 academic year. Latin American Studies graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be enrolled OHIO students or have been accepted for admission to the university and must demonstrate academic merit. Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and graduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5.  

Applications must include a 500-word word narrative that explains how the funds will be used to support research or academic work in the field of Latin American Studies. Additionally, the application should include a CV, a transcript or DARS, and contact information for two (2) references familiar with the applicant’s academic performance and/or research. Please submit all application materials to Dr. Joanna Mitchell ( by 9/30/2023.

The David M. Crane Graduate Fellowship for International Affairs

2024-2025 application deadline: March 8, 2024

Founded by David M. Crane (MA, African Studies, 1972), the Crane Graduate Fellowship supports an applicant to an MA program in the Center for International Studies who will earn or has earned an undergraduate degree or degrees from OHIO. Applicants are not required to have majored in International Studies. All MA applicants may apply, but preference will be given to OHIO undergraduate alumni.

The Fellowship provides $10,000/academic year, with possible renewal for up to two years. All applicants must be a full-time graduate student enrolled in or accepted for admission to any master's level program in International Studies at Ohio University.

Use this Form to Apply

Drs. Sadek and Anne Samaan Scholarship Fund for International Understanding

The Drs. Sadek and Anne Samaan Scholarship for International Understanding is given annually to high achieving students who have education as an area of concentration and an interest in promoting international understanding.

Through a program director nomination process, first year full-time degree-seeking CIS MA students entering their second year are invited to apply by March 1, 2024 for scholarship consideration. As part of the application, students submit a 300-word essay that speaks to their commitment to international understanding either through their studies and/or research, and how they would use the funds should they be chosen (funds can be used to attend a conference, present at a conference, study away, research project, etc.).

Selection Criteria

  1. Full time degree seeking 
  2. Education as an area of concentration within a CIS program – preference given to student in African Studies 
  3. Preference given to international students with an interest in promoting international understanding 
  4. Cumulative GPA (now or at prior institutions) of 3.5 
  5. Demonstration of commitment to international understanding through essay, references, and recommendations  
  6. Funds to support student’s academic goals only 

Patricia A. Weitsman Memorial Scholarship

The Patricia A. Weitsman Memorial Scholarship provides an award to students who are enrolled in or accepted for admission to Ohio University, meet all university requirements to be a student in good standing, and are majoring in War and Peace Studies.

The award is given each spring semester to the War and Peace Studies undergraduate student who holds the highest GPA in the class and will be going into their senior year in the fall.

Boundless Scholarship

2023-2024 application deadline: March 1, 2024

The Boundless Scholarship provides support for any Center for International Studies undergraduate or graduate students (majors, minors, certificates as well as Global Leadership Center students) pursuing a variety of study away experiences, including domestic and international study away programs, student exchanges, internships, volunteer opportunities and research.

Eligibility (applicant must qualify in all categories)

  • Degree-seeking OHIO students.
  • Center for International Studies (CIS) students: undergraduate major, minor and certificate students, graduate students or Global Leadership Center students.
  • Awards must benefit a study away experience, including domestic and international study away programs, student exchanges, internships, volunteer opportunities and research.
  • Applicants must have identified their study away experience, even if still in the planning phase.
  • Minimum duration of travel will be two weeks.

Application and Essay Instructions

Applications must be completed in one login session. If you log out, your work will not be saved. Have all required information and materials ready before you start an application.

In the personal essay, tell us about yourself and describe why you wish to study, intern, volunteer or conduct research away and how the experience fits into your academic work with CIS. What factors led to this decision? What do you hope to gain from and what do you anticipate will be the impact of your experience? What initially inspired you to travel to this particular host location? In addition, describe your proposed study, intern, volunteer, or research experience and what factors led you to select this opportunity and the length of stay on-site. This essay should be double-spaced and one to two pages long. You will be prompted to upload the essay to this application.

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Daniel K.C. Shao Scholarship

2023-2024 application deadline: March 15, 2024

Mr. Daniel K.C. Shao has generously endowed a fund to help Ohio University students study abroad in Asia. Mr. Shao is one of Hong Kong's leading businessmen and earned a B.A. in Economics from Ohio University in 1972. He has served on the Alumni Board, the Foundation Board, and has been a very strong supporter of OHIO's programs, particularly those in Asia.

Grants range from $500 - $1500 for one summer (minimum of four weeks) or semester of study, to a maximum of $3000 for students going abroad for more than one semester.

The amount of the award depends upon the total cost of the program and the degree of financial need of the student. The award can be used to defray expenses for tuition, room and board, travel or other education-related expenses.

Awards will be made on an annual basis i.e., students who plan to study in Asia anytime during summer 2023, fall 2023 or spring 2024 must apply by March 1, 2024. All applicants will be notified of their award status no later than March 15, 2024.

Use this Form to Apply

If you have questions about any of these funding opportunities or have application issues, please contact Bri Dowler, Assistant Director for Student Success and Communications.

Other Ohio University Funding Opportunities for Students

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs - the Student Enhancement Award covers up to $6,000.

Graduate College Travel or Original Work Grant

Office of Global Opportunities - Funding Your Experience

OGO Graduate and HCOM Travel Award