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Mershon Center for International Security Studies

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies has established International Security Study Scholarships for Undergraduate Theses and Study Abroad to support undergraduates whose professional training and career plans lie in the field of international security.

Applications will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary review committee that will make recommendations to the director of the Mershon Center. Scholarship amounts typically range from $2,000 to $3,000.

Evaluation of Applications

The criteria for evaluation of applications are:

  • The student's planned course of research or 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.
  • How the project or study abroad program fits into a student's major and career plans, and helps prepare the student for a career in international security, broadly defined.

For students studying abroad, preference will be given to applicants wishing to study a foreign language critical to U.S. national security, such as Arabic, Russian, Chinese, or Turkish. Find a complete list of critical languages.

Application Instructions

Applications for the International Security Scholarship must contain four parts:

  • Completed application form.
  • Statement of purpose: Explain to an interdisciplinary audience how your project will advance the understanding of international security, broadly defined.
  • Letter of recommendation from an Ohio State faculty member.
  • Copy of student's advising report.

The 2018-19 International Security Scholarships for Undergraduate Theses and Study Abroad application form can be found here. It will download as a fillable Microsoft Word document. 

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

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Steven Blalock, Program Coordinator at the Mershon Center, at 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 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 Scholarship in consecutive years.

The deadline for receiving study abroad applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

In countries under a current Department of State Travel Warning or other locations designated high risk, undergraduate students cannot use scholarship awards for study abroad programs and/or individual international projects outside of venues approved by Ohio State. Approved programs are communicated on the OIA website via the study abroad search engine.

Graduate and professional students may petition the International Travel Policy Committee for approval a minimum of three months prior to proposed travel. Countries currently on Department of State Travel Warning can be viewed at www.travel.state.gov. For further information on the policy and/or the petition process, 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.

Ohio State students traveling to international locations for the purpose of study abroad, undergraduate or graduate/dissertation research, internships or independent study are required to enroll in the university's supplemental international insurance which is provided through HTH Worldwide. The insurance includes coverage for medical, evacuation, repatriation, emergency assistance, and political security and natural disaster. Students participating in study abroad programming coordinated through the Office of International Affairs are automatically enrolled in the supplemental international insurance. Students who are traveling abroad independently may enroll online for the supplemental insurance. For instructions: http://oia.osu.edu/preparing-to-depart/health-insurance.html.