The Chadwick F. Alger Peace and Conflict Resolution Endowed Student Support Fund

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*Applications for the 2023-24 academic year are due Sunday, March 1, 2023*
Chadwick Alger


The Chadwick F. Alger Peace and Conflict Resolution Endowed Student Support Fund commemorates the late Chadwick Alger, professor emeritus of political science and public policy at the Mershon Center. Alger, an authority on peacebuilding and the United Nations system, was director of the Mershon Program in Transnational Intellectual Cooperation in the Policy Sciences (1971-81) and director of the Mershon Program in World Relations (1982-91).

Alger was passionate about his students and helping them engage in research, and this scholarship honors his legacy by supporting undergraduate research in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. 

The Alger Fund is given annually to an enrolled Ohio State student who is engaged in research on peace studies and conflict resolution or completion of a course of study focused on peace and conflict resolution. Funds may also be used toward tuition costs and study abroad support. The Alger Fund provides and ideal opportunity for undergraduate students engaged in honors theses research in peace-related issues. 

The successful applicant will receive $2,500 toward their research or study abroad program. 

Application Requirements

Interested students should submit the following:

  • Coversheet
  • A summary of the research project or study abroad program and how it relates to peace studies and conflict resolution. (250 words maximum) 
  • How the scholarship funds would support this research or study. (250 words maximum) 
  • A description of the applicant's background in peace studies and/or conflict resolution. May include volunteer experiences, prior or current job, or coursework. (150 words maximum) 

Please submit via Word document, saved with your full name (ex. Alger Fund Application - John Smith.docx). Applications can be submitted to with the subject line being "Alger Fund Application: YOUR NAME." 

For questions, please contact Kyle McCray, Business Operations Manager, at


Review and Selection

Applications will be judged by the standards of the scholarship committee, including academic merit, quality of the application, financial need, and evidence of the applicant’s commitment to peace studies and conflict resolution.

Recipients shall be selected by a scholarship committee organized by the director of the Mershon Center. Recipients shall be selected by this committee, in consultation with Student Financial Aid. Applicants will be notified with a decision in April 2023.