The mission of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies is to advance the study of international, national, and human security. Each year, the center holds a competition for Ohio State faculty and students to apply for grant funds to support research related to that mission.
Faculty and student research grants may be used for a variety of research-related purposes including travel, interviews, experiments, surveys, library costs, and more. 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.
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 that engage international security broadly conceived.
The center places an especially strong emphasis on supporting interdisciplinary research. Faculty grant applicants are encouraged to develop collaborative interdisciplinary proposals that include a statement on how their project will contribute to the interdisciplinary development of knowledge. While we do not require student grant applicants to apply with collaborative projects proposals, all awarded students will participate in collaborative workshops to build their interdisciplinary understanding of security.
For more information on both the student or faculty grants, please click on the links to the right.