This is a dynamic list of funding opportunities for undergraduate research. Check back frequently, as the list is often updated. Past deadlines, listed in black, will be updated, but remain on the website so that students are aware that the funding source or opportunity may become available again.
At the end of this page you can search for funding from sources outside OSU, as well as funding for underrepresented students.
While these funding opportunities are mostly for research throughout the year, there are also many short-term research programs that are funded. You can browse these on our Discover Research Opportunities page.
Ohio State funding opportunities
There are a variety of on-campus funding sources to support OSU undergraduate student research.
Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunities
The URO has compiled a list of publicized research funding sources at Ohio State.
Students also are encouraged to search college and departmental websites for lesser known funding opportunities at Colleges and Schools and to ask department staff and faculty about possible, other sources to support undergraduate research. Pay close attention to application deadlines.
Professional Development Grants for Women
Professional Development Grants for Women are designed to facilitate professional development and career mobility of women. Full-time undergraduate students at the sophomore level and above are eligible to apply for a Professional Development Grant. Grants up to $1,000 will be made. Deadline: September 27, 2012 and March 28, 2013
International Research Grants for Undergraduates in the Arts and Sciences
To encourage students to engage in research in international venues along with their faculty mentors.
Deadlines: September 17, 2012 and February 4, 2013.
College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Scholarship
Any student in the College of Engineering who has above a 3.0 CPHR, will be pursuing an undergraduate research thesis, and plans to graduate “With Research Distinction” or “With Honors Research Distinction” is eligible to compete for an Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS).
Deadlines: September 28, 2012 and February 22, 2013.
Undergraduate Student Government Academic Enrichment Grant
Ohio State's Undergraduate Student Government offers grants from $100 to $1,200 to support undergraduate research during the 2012-13 academic year.
Deadline: February 25, 2013.
New grant-Office of Diversity and Inclusion Undergraduate Research Grants
ODI will award research grants of up to $500 to undergraduates to help offset research-related expenses.
Deadline: April 1, 2013
Diversity and Identy Studies Collective at OSU (DISCO) Travel Grants
Small grants of up to $300 for students who are presenting a paper at a conference or conducting research off campus. Students must be enrolled in one of five DISCO interdisciplinary programs.
Deadline: April 15.
Other sites for additional funding and research opportunities
Sigma Xi Research Funds
Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research society that endeavors to encourage support of original work across the spectrum of science and technology.The local chapter of Sigma XI also has research funding and is listed in Campus Research Funding Opportunites. National application deadlines: March 15 and October 15 annually.
The Ohio Academy of Science Environmental Science and Engineering Scholarships
These scholarships provide partial support for the last few quarters or semesters needed to complete a degree. College students must be in the last year of a four or five year program by this autumn.
Funded by The Ohio Environmental Education Program, students at four-year schools receive $2,500. An application is available at http://www.ohiosci.org/ScholarshipApplication.pdf .
For additional information contact The Ohio Academy of Science by phone 614.488.2228 or email email@example.com. Deadline: June 1 annually
The Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. Application Deadline: January 31, 2013
NASA Aeronautics Scholarships
Two years of support ($15,000 per academic year) and a $10,000 summer internship at a NASA Research Center.
Application Deadline: January 16, 2013
National Science Foundation: Research Experiences for Undergraduates
NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers on topics in the sciences, engineering, ethics, education, and human resources. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.
Research and Training Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health
For those interested in biomedical research, check out the NIH's Summer Internship and Undergraduate Scholarship Programs. Application Deadline: March 1, 2013.
Parkinson's Disease Foundation Summer Student Fellowship Program
For those students conducting Parkinson's-related summer research projects. Application deadline: January 30, 2012
Psi Chi / CUR Summer Grants [PDF]
Recipients must be members of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, and must work with faculty mentors who are members of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Work at an outside institution is encouraged.
Award: $5,000; split $3,500/$1,5000 between student and mentor
Social Science Division CUR Travel Grants
The Social Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $200 each, for undergraduate students presenting the results of research that they have conducted at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the fiscal year 2010 - 2011. In order to be eligible, the student must be a junior or senior, the student’s mentor must be a CUR member or the student’s home institution must be a CUR institutional member and the student’s home institution must match the $200 CUR travel grant.
Biology Division CUR Travel Grants
The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the fiscal year 2010 - 2011. Application Deadline: January 17, 2012
The Division of Biochemical Technology (BIOT)
The Division of Biochemical Technology (BIOT) provides travel grants of $500 to students with limited financial resources who are making oral presentations or presenting posters at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting. Advisors must be members of ACS in order to receive the award. Application Deadline: March 20, 2013.
Funding and programs for underrepresented student populations
Chemistry Scholarships for African American, Hispanic, and American Indian Students
From the American Chemical Society
Application Deadline: March 1, 2012
New applications open on November 1, 2011.
Summer Research Opportunities Program
The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue academic careers by enhancing their preparation for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors.
Deadline for SROP at OSU: February 10, 2013
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