OSU Funding Opportunities



The Presidential Fellowship

The Presidential Fellowship is a year-long fellowship given by the Graduate School that recognizes the outstanding scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Students do not apply directly to the Graduate School, but are nominated by Graduate Studies Committee Chairpersons. There is a fall and spring competition. Read more here about the Presidential Fellowship.

Grants and Awards

Council of Graduate Students Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service

The Council of Graduate Students Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service encourages and enables graduate students across the university to participate in professional conferences, both in their respective fields and in the broader community by reimbursing or partially reimbursing the expenses incurred by graduate students during travel to conferences and meetings to present original research.

The Ray Award evaluators give substantial weight to the applicant's service to his/her department, the university, and the surrounding community when making award decisions. Evaluators also take into account the academic standing of the applicant, the applicant's professional goals, the nature of the conference being attended, and the applicant's ability to convey the focus of his/her research to a general audience. Eligibility information is available at Eligibility information is available online. This is a quarterly competition.

Council of Graduate Students Distinguished Service Award

The Council of Graduate Students annually recognizes members of the university community (students, faculty, and staff) for their exceptional support of the graduate student population and for their contributions to enhancing the graduate student experience. A commemorative certificate is presented to each recipient.

Nomination Deadline: The nomination process takes place early in Spring Quarter and awards are given in May. Contact the Council of Graduate Students for more information at cgs@osu.edu, 208 Ohio Union, 292-4380 or see additional award information on their website.

Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants

The Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Awards is a scholarship/grant-offering program of OSU that provides financial support to women students (and some men), faculty, and staff. It offers (1) Re-entry Scholarships for women who have interrupted their education due to unforeseen obstacles such as family responsibilities or financial constraints and who are seeking undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees; and (2) Coca-Cola Dissertation Grants for Research on Women, Gender, and Gender Equity. Administered through the Women's Studies Department, these awards typically have a spring deadline.

Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum

Every spring quarter, the Council of Graduate Students hosts the Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum for graduate study at The Ohio State University. Students enrolled in any area of graduate study at The Ohio State University are invited are invited to submit their work. Submissions are due in January. In February, eight papers from each of the 10 graduate school areas are chosen for the competition. Those selected give a public presentation on their research. Three winners are selected from each of the 10 Graduate School areas, and the winners are announced in April at the Research Forum. First prize is $300 cash and a $500 travel award, second prize is $200 cash, and third prize is $100 cash.

Graduate Associate Teaching Award

The Graduate Associate Teaching Award (GATA) is the University's highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. A $1500 award is given to the ten GATA recipients along with a plaque, which is presented to the awardees during a visit to their classes. More information and a nomination form are available here.

Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Masters Thesis Award

Each recipient of a MAGS Distinguished Master's Thesis Award will receive a $750 honorarium.  In addition, up to $500 will be available to each recipient for travel expenses to attend the Annual Meeting.  It is expected that the winner's institution will cover any travel expenses which exceed the $500 provided by MAGs for the awardee to attend the meeting to receive the award.  The faculty mentor or thesis advisor will also be invited to attend the presentation, but their expenses will not be covered. Read more about the MAGs Distinguished Masters Thesis Award.

The Preparing Future Faculty Program

The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program offers Ohio State graduate students the opportunity to experience first-hand the unique challenges and rewards of an academic career at a smaller college or university through a partner relationship with a mentor-faculty member at one of Ohio's leading liberal arts colleges and state universities.

Ohio State's PFF program has been approved as a Graduate School course, and graduate students' participation in the program is noted on their Ohio State transcripts. The premiere feature of the PFF experience is a mentorship with an accomplished faculty member at a PFF partner institution. After being "matched" with a mentor from a corresponding field of study, graduate students make between two and four visits to their mentor's school. The specific activities pursued within the mentorship are jointly selected by the graduate student and their faculty mentor. Preparing Future Faculty Program Application [pdf].

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