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Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Mershon Center for International Security Studies

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies has established the International Security Study Abroad Scholarship to support undergraduates whose professional training and career plans lie in the field of international security and would benefit by studying in a foreign country.

Students are encouraged to take foreign language courses, especially those deemed critical for national security, such as Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hindi, Farsi, and others.  Priority will be given to students who are preparing for a career related to international security studies. 

Applications will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary review committee that will make recommendations to the director of the Mershon Center.  As many as 12 scholarships of up to $2,000 each will be awarded.

Evaluation of Applications

The criteria for evaluation of applications are:

  • How the study abroad program fits into a student's major and career plans, and helps prepare for a career in international security affairs
  • The student's planned course of study abroad and its applicability to one or more of the Mershon Center's three main research themes
  • The quality of the student's performance at Ohio State

We are also interested in study abroad opportunities that emphasize the role of peace-building and development initiatives globally. We will also consider programs that are related to the university's Discovery Themes in health and wellness, energy and the environment, and food production and security.

Application Instructions

Applications for the International Security Study Abroad Scholarship must contain four parts:

  • Completed application form
  • Statement of purpose that outlines the student's planned course of study abroad, and discusses its relevance to the student's academic, professional and personal goals in international security studies
  • Letter of recommendation from an Ohio State faculty member
  • Copy of student's advising report 

The 2014 International Security Study Abroad Scholarship Application Form is now available for download.  This is a pdf document with fillable form fields and requires Adobe Reader to open and use.  If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download it free.  If you cannot download Adobe Reader, you can use the Word version of the application.

All application materials should be sent as email attachments (preferably in pdf format) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Students are welcome to apply simultaneously to study abroad scholarships through the Office of International Affairs and to the International Security Study Abroad Scholarship.  However, students who receive funding from the Office of International Affairs will not be considered for additional funding from the Mershon Center. Students are eligible to receive the International Security Studies Scholarship in consecutive years.

The deadline for receiving study abroad scholarship applications is Friday, January 31, 2014.

Students with winning scholarship applications will be informed in April. Funds will not be awarded to the chosen applicants until proof of travel insurance has been provided. All students are required to enroll in the University's supplemental health insurance. Funds will be available for a full academic year.

All awards are subject to the rules and regulations of The Ohio State University. In countries under a current Department of State Travel Warning, undergraduate students cannot use scholarship awards for study abroad programs and/or individual international projects outside of venues approved by Ohio State. Graduate and professional students may petition the Study Abroad Health and Safety Committee for approval a minimum of three months prior to proposed travel. For more information, please contact Dru Simmons (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at the Office of International Affairs.