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Beginning in the 2019-20 grant cycle, the Mershon Center for Internatinal Security Studies will restart its Postdoctoral Fellows program. The center will support two postdoctoral fellows each year. The application form and instructions for this program are forthcoming.

Beginning in the 2019-20 grant cycle, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies will hold a separate application process for Ohio State faculty members who wish to apply for funds to support a speaker series or conference. The application form and instructions are forthcoming.

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies welcomes applications for self-funded visiting researchers for a stay of up to a year. Visiting scholars must be working with a faculty member at Ohio State University on a theme related to international security and must be approved by a Mershon Center standing committee. We will accept up to two visiting scholars per year.

For those approved, we will provide office space, library access, computing privileges, some administrative assistance, as well as reimbursement of up to $2,000 for research and academic-related travel. We will also cover visa application costs, if required. Mershon visitors are expected to attend Mershon Center events, interact with other Mershon affiliated faculty, participate in the intellectual life of The Ohio State University, and present an informal seminar on their research during the early part of their visit.

Application Materials:

  • Description of the research to be conducted during the visit
  • Letter of support from an Ohio State faculty member
  • Writing sample
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Visa information (if required)

Submission Instructions:

All the above materials should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Questions regarding the visiting scholars program at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The mission of the Mershon Center is to advance the understanding of national security in a global context. Our understanding of international security draws from a wide range of perspectives, approaches, and substantive foci. Consequently, successful applicants may come from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, public affairs/administration, public policy, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines that engage international security broadly conceived.

The center places an especially strong emphasis on supporting interdisciplinary research. Applicants are encouraged to develop collaborative interdisciplinary proposals that include a statement on how their project will contribute to the interdisciplinary development of knowledge. Interdisciplinary teams should strive to become more than the sum of their parts. The strongest team proposals will imagine a breakthrough that might come from active conceptual, methodological, and epistemological engagement across disciplines. Toward this end, promising teams will have a plan for their collaborative process. (For suggestions, see R. Bendix et. al., Sustaining Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Guide for the Academy, University of Illinois Press, 2017.)

To learn more about the types of projects being funded, please see project summaries on the Mershon Center website under Research and past Annual Reports.

Application Instructions

Student research grant applications must include five parts:

  • Standard cover sheet that includes 500-word abstract of the project. In a paragraph, explain to an interdisciplinary audience how your project will advance the understanding of international and national security, broadly defined.
  • Three- to five-page double-spaced proposal detailing the project or dissertation. 
  • Detailed, itemized budget. Proposals involving international travel must budget for health insurance each month of travel outside of the United States. For more information, please see Traveler Insurance on the Office of International Affairs website.
  • Letter of recommendation from project advisor or dissertation committee chair.
  • Official copy of student's college transcript or advising report.

The 2019-20 Graduate Student Research Grant application form. It will download as a fillable Microsoft Word file. Please type all information requested for the grant application directly into this file. Then send the cover sheet, proposal, and budget as one Word document along with transcript or advising report to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Faculty recommendation letters may be sent separately.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Erin Dyer, Program Coordinator at the Mershon Center, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (614) 688-5944. Graduate students with winning grant applications will be informed in March or early April. Funds will be available for a full academic year. Students who receive Mershon Center funding will be responsible for submitting a close-out report and assistance with publicity by providing photos or other graphic materials.

All awards are subject to the rules and regulations of The Ohio State University, including travel to risk designated countries. Please contact Dru Simmons, international risk manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Office of Risk Management and Insurance, with questions.

The deadline for receiving Student Research Grant applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019.

 

The mission of the Mershon Center is to advance the understanding of national security in a global context. Our understanding of international security draws from a wide range of perspectives, approaches, and substantive foci. Consequently, successful applicants may come from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, public affairs/administration, public policy, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines that engage international security broadly conceived.

The center places an especially strong emphasis on supporting interdisciplinary research. Applicants are encouraged to develop collaborative interdisciplinary proposals that include a statement on how their project will contribute to the interdisciplinary development of knowledge. Interdisciplinary teams should strive to become more than the sum of their parts. The strongest team proposals will imagine a breakthrough that might come from active conceptual, methodological, and epistemological engagement across disciplines. Toward this end, promising teams will have a plan for their collaborative process. (For suggestions, see R. Bendix et. al., Sustaining Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Guide for the Academy, University of Illinois Press, 2017.)

To learn more about the types of projects funded, please see faculty project summaries on the Mershon Center website under Research and in past Annual Reports.

Faculty who receive awards will be expected to be an active member of the Mershon Center. Grant recipients should participate in various Center functions throughout the academic year and are welcome to request office space. They will be responsible for submitting a close-out report on project publications and other accomplishments, including submissions of external funding applications, and assistance with publicity related to Mershon projects by providing photos or other graphic materials.

Interested faculty should contact Christopher Gelpi, director of the Mershon Center and Chair of Peace Studies, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (614) 292-9843, to discuss any questions or ideas about potential project proposals. Proposals recommended for funding will receive informal notice in March or early April with formal notice coming later after final approval by the Mershon Center Oversight Committee.

Application Instructions

Faculty grant applications must include four parts:

  • Standard cover sheet that includes 500-word abstract of the project. In one paragraph, explain to an interdisciplinary audience how your project will advance the understanding of international and national security, broadly defined.
  • Itemized budget
  • Four- to five-page single-spaced statement elaborating the purpose, method, anticipated products, and significance of the project. Please articulate how your project will contribute to the interdisciplinary development of knowledge.  
  • Curriculum vitae for each principal investigator.

Download the 2019-20 Faculty Research and Seed Grant application form.  It will download as a fillable Microsoft Word file. Please type all information requested for the grant application directly into this file. Then send all application materials as email attachments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please identify each electronic document with your last name and document type; for example, smithvita.doc or smithproposal.doc

Please note that as of 2019 research grant funds will no longer cover speaker series and conferences, which will be judged in a separate competition.

The deadline for receiving Faculty Research and Seed Grant applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019.

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