Student Research Grants

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*Applications for the 2022-23 grants are due Sunday, March 13 at 5 p.m. EST*
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The mission of the Mershon Center is to advance interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to international, national, and human security.  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 Mershon Center places an especially strong emphasis on supporting interdisciplinary and collaborative research. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals including a statement on how their project will contribute to the interdisciplinary development of knowledge. (For suggestions, see R. Bendix et. al., Sustaining Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Guide for the Academy, University of Illinois Press, 2017.)

Application Instructions

Student research grant applications must include five parts:

  • Standard cover sheet including a 500-word abstract of the project. In a paragraph, explain to an interdisciplinary audience how your project will advance the understanding of international, national, and human 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 2021-2022 Student Research Grant application form link will download as a 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 Faculty recommendation letters may be sent separately.

Please note that all student research grant applications, whether from graduate students or undergraduates, will be judged in the same competition pool. While a handful of undergraduates have received research grants over the years, historically, the majority of research grants are awarded to graduate students. 

For questions regarding the application process or for questions regarding any budgetary or disbursement of funds, please contact Kyle McCray, Business & Operations Manager at the Mershon Center, at or at 614-292-3810.

Students with winning grant applications will be informed in March or early April. Funds will be available for a full academic year with any extension to be approved on an as needed basis. Students who receive Mershon Center funding will be responsible for submitting a close-out report and assist with publicity by providing photos or other graphic materials. All awarded students will become Mershon Center Student Fellows that allow for a profile page on the Mershon website, access to exclusive events, and opportunities to develop and participate in interdisciplinary workshops.

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,, Office of Risk Management and Insurance, with questions. Research grants that include travel will be accepted during the current University travel restrictions, however, access to those funds will only be available for use once restrictions are lifted.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Kyle McCray ( if you have any specific travel related questions.