Research and Impact

CIS pilots seed grants for faculty research and creative activity

The Center for International Studies (CIS) has put out a call for applications for a new pilot program offering seed grants for faculty research and creative activity.

“Internationally focused research and creative activity are key aspects of OHIO’s global footprint,” said Patrick Barr-Melej, CIS interim executive director and professor of history. “We at CIS are excited to provide resources for faculty members from across the University who are developing projects that reflect and reinforce our shared commitment to forging a better understanding of the world.”

The center is accepting applications through March 1.

The program will provide $1,000 grants to five Ohio University faculty members who are engaged in international or global research and/or creative activity. As seed grants, the funds should support the new and ongoing projects of faculty members who intend to seek larger internal and external grants and fellowships.

Applicants must provide the following:

  • A proposal (500-600 words) that describes the research project or creative activity and its contributions to a field or fields of knowledge; explains how a CIS seed grant would further develop the project or activity; and provides specific plans vis-á-vis securing future funding
  • Curriculum vitae

A CIS committee will rank applications based on the clarity, coverage and effectiveness of the proposals. Funds must be used by Jan. 15, 2024. The grants will reimburse costs, such as airfare and lodging, directly associated with global or international research and/or creative activity. Funds cannot be used as faculty stipends. Recipients will present brief presentations on their projects for the CIS community upon their use of the seed grant.

The deadline for applications is March 1, and recipients will be notified by March 15. Please email application materials to with the subject heading “CIS Seed Grant.” Questions may be directed to Barr-Melej at

Founded in 1964, the interdisciplinary Center for International Studies offers six master's degrees and five undergraduate majors. It also offers more than a dozen certificate programs and teaches six foreign languages. CIS is the academic home to students from more than 30 countries and boasts 140-plus affiliated faculty members from units across the University.

January 26, 2023
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