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Grants and Competitions

Funding Opportunities Beyond the Department

The Department of Geography frequently receives announcements for academic grants, research competitions, and other award opportunities. This is not an exhaustive list, and students are encouraged to check out the links below in addition to the content listed on this page. Pay special attention to competition deadlines and instructions. Most grants and competitions need to be submitted with the assistance of Laurie Rosenberg of The Ohio State University Research Foundation. Please contact Laurie no later than one month before the due date of the grant or competition.

DISCLAIMER: We do our best to ensure that the information on this site is accurate. However, please confirm with the granting institution's website or contact person to ensure the proper deadline dates and instructions.


ASC Undergraduate Research Scholarship and International Research Grant

ASC Honors Program
Deadline: Bi-Annually, usually September for spring semester awards and February for autumn semester awards
Undergraduate Research Scholarship: These scholarships typically range from $500 to $6,000. The funds automatically go toward the payment of the student recipient's university tuition and fees. 
International Research Grants for Undergraduates: These grants are meant to encourage students to engage in research in international venues with their faculty mentor. Students and/or faculty may apply for up to $4,000 for student support. Funds will generally be provided for one student per research project. 
Contact Info: ASC Honors Office, 3180 Smith Lab. Questions can be directed to aschonors@osu.edu.
Requirements: Must be enrolled in an ASC major, attained junior standing, and be a potential candidate for graduation with research distinction or present other evidence of work on a significant research project. Applicants are also required to have a faculty advisor.

NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Deadline: Annually, usually late-January
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in disciplines related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, or technology, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s programs and mission. Over 100 students are selected each year for participation in the Ernest F. Hollings scholarship program. The scholarship includes support for two years of undergraduate study and a paid summer internship at a NOAA facility across the country. For more information about the Hollings scholarship, visit NOAA's website
Contact Info: StudentScholarshipPrograms@noaa.gov or 301-628-2913
Requirements: U.S. citizen, full-time second year student at an accredited four-year undergraduate program or third year student at a five-year program majoring in NOAA mission disciplines (atmospheric sciences, cartography, computer science, environmental science, geography, matematics, physical science, etc. with GPA > 3.0

Undergraduate Research Office Grants

Undergraduate Research Office
Deadline: Annually, see website
Description: The URO provides students with a list of research funding sources, both from within and outside of Ohio State. There are grants available for students from all majors and all disciplines. Funds may be used for a variety of purposes related to the conduct of research, including travel costs, food and lodging expenses, interview or library fees, survey costs, and other expenses.
Contact Info: uro@osu.edu
Requirements: Current OSU undergraduate student


Summer Undergraduate Research Awards

The Undergraduate Research Office
Deadline: Annually, usually mid-February
Description: These $3,500 funding awards support full-time, faculty-supervised undergraduate research or creative activity projects over 10 weeks in summer semester 2015. This exciting opportunity will allow undergraduate researchers to focus on a substantial project and to further research careers and personal and academic development. To apply, you will need a faculty research advisor, a research project proposal, an online application, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and possibly additional documentation. More information, including guidelines and application, is available here.
Contact Info: uro@osu.edu or 614-292-8307
Requirements: Current undergradute student not graduating before Autumn 2015. Open to researchers in all disciplines.


Kathryn Fuller Doctoral Fellowships

The Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund
Deadline: Until Filled
Description: Advancing Conservation through Science
For nearly 50 years, WWF has committed to delivering science-based conservation results while incorporating the latest research and innovations. As part of its commitment to advancing conservation through science, WWF established the Kathryn Fuller Doctoral Fellowships to support PhD students working on issues of exceptional importance and relevance to conservation in one of the WWF-US priority places.
The Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund will support doctoral research in the following three areas. (Click on links to see suggested research topics.)

As part of their awards, Fuller Doctoral Fellows receive:
  • either $15,000 or $20,000 allocated over a period of up to 2 years to cover research expenses*
  • opportunities to link doctoral research to WWF global conservation efforts
  • networking opportunities with other Fuller Fellows, WWF scientists, and employees

*Fuller Doctoral Fellows receive either $15,000 or $20,000 depending on the location of their research and home university. Fellows with field research based in a WWF priority place outside the country of their universities are eligible to receive $20,000. Fellows with field research based within the country of their home universities are eligible to receive $15,000. Fuller Fellowships may be used to cover allowable research-related expenses. (See section on eligible and ineligible expenses.)


  • All applicants must be currently enrolled in an academic program leading to a doctoral degree in a conservation-related field and must have completed at least one year of course work.
  • Applicants must have at least two years of work experience in conservation.
  • Applicants must propose research in one of the three topics listed above that has direct implications for conservation in one of WWF's priority places.
  • Individuals who are currently WWF Train Fellows may not receive a Fuller Fellowship. Applicants may apply to both programs simultaneously, if they are eligible for both, but cannot receive both fellowships from WWF.
  • WWF staff, directors, and their immediate family members are not eligible for Fuller Fellowships.

Fuller Fellows are selected through a competitive, merit-based process. Eligible candidates must submit a completed application form along with two letters of recommendation and other supporting documents to WWF by the application deadline. An interdisciplinary panel of experts is convened to review applications and to identify top candidates based on the following criteria:
Applicant's ability, accomplishments, and potential to become a leader in their field
Scientific merit, feasibility, and significance of the research proposal
Relevance of research to conservation practice in general and WWF's mission and programs in particular
Preference will be given to individuals proposing research in their country of origin

For questions or further information, please contact fullerfund@wwfus.org.



International Affairs Grant

Office of International Affairs
Deadline: Annually, usually mid-Februrary
Description: The purpose of the Office of International Affairs faculty and student grant competition is to promote the understanding of foreign countries, cultures, and peoples through academic study.
Grants will be given for projects that explore the languages, cultures, arts, politics, economy, or socio-demographic aspects of a foreign region. Proposals addressing global issues are also eligible if these issues are explored in a regional context. This includes, for example, proposals about public health, public policy, and climate change.
Contact Info: oiastudentgrant@osu.edu
Requirements: Current OSU student or faculty