Center for Ethnic Studies Awards and Grants

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CES Spring 2021 Graduate Student Research Grants 

The Center for Ethnic Studies awards a number of small grants every year, of up to $300, to undergraduate and graduate students presenting papers or conducting research.

Eligibility Requirements

All graduate students currently enrolled in coursework for the Spring 2021 term may apply. Proposals should demonstrate substantial connection to one or more of the fields represented within the Center’s academic programs: American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, and/or Latina/o Studies.

Complete applications will consist of the following:

  1. A completed online application form.
  2. Other documents, uploaded and attached to the electronic application form, including:
    1. a project description of 1200-1500 words (with accompanying title) including brief statements on how the grant would aid its development and how much work has already been done on the project (**please note we are no longer requiring an accompanying bibliography**)
    2. verification of IRB approval for the research project (if applicable)
    3. résumé or c.v.
  3. **Please note that we are no longer requiring a letter of support from the applicant’s adviser or from a faculty member with whom the applicant has worked closely on the conference paper or research project, but if you still choose to request one, please have faculty address the letter to Nick Spitulski (spitulski.1@osu.edu), Center for Ethnic Studies, 455 Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road.

Awards are competitive (i.e., reviewed by a selection committee) and will be decided on the basis of merit and the project’s significance to the student's academic and/or professional development and the potential for the student's work to contribute to greater understanding of the field in which they are working. Please also note that previous award recipients are permitted to reapply for these grants, but that, all else equal, first-time applicants will receive priority consideration.

Before the end of the Autumn 2021 term, recipients shall submit a 500-word essay on the state of their research or some other aspect of the way they spent the funding that can be used as a news item on the CES website or in other CES materials, and a photo of either the recipient or some aspect of their project.

**The deadline for grant proposals is Monday, April 19th, 2021**


CES Interdisciplinary Programs Scholarship 

The Center for Ethnic Studies invites eligible students to apply for the CES Interdisciplinary Programs Scholarship. The Scholarship is designed to support students who are enrolled in any of the undergraduate or graduate CES interdisciplinary programs: American Indian Studies minor, Asian American Studies minor, Latina/o Studies minor, or Latina/o Studies Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization. Students must have officially declared their enrollment in one or more of these four programs in order to apply for the scholarship and should work with the relevant program advisors (click on the program names above for more information) to ensure they are officially enrolled. Please also note that previous recipients are permitted to reapply for these scholarships, but that, all else equal, first-time applicants will receive priority consideration.

Applicants must submit a completed online application form through the link above or click here, as well as a 500-word essay describing how the particular CES program in which the student is enrolled has helped them, and/or how they expect it to help them and/or is expected to help them personally, educationally, and/or professionally.

**The deadline for scholarship applications is Friday, April 16th, 2021**


Travel to Risk Designated Locations

**Ohio State is following the public health guidance of local, state and federal officials to protect the health and well-being of the university community and to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Domestic and international travel restrictions, initially announced in March 2020, have been extended until at least June 30, 2021.**

University supported travel to risk designated locations requires review and may entail restrictions or stipulations.

Undergraduate Students

  • Ohio State scholarship or grant funding for travel to risk designated countries is restricted to travel on approved education abroad programs listed in the Office of International Affairs (OIA) education abroad search engine or other university managed travel approved by the International Travel Policy Committee (ITPC).­
  • Ohio State scholarship or grant funding for individual travel to countries with a specific risk designated region(s) requires review of the proposed itinerary relevant to the excluded regions. Individual undergraduate travel to restricted region(s) is not eligible for funding.

Graduate and Professional Students

  • ­ Ohio State scholarship and grant awards for individual travel to risk designated countries requires the submission of a petition and ITPC approval.  
  • ­ Ohio State scholarship or grant funding for individual travel to countries with a specific risk designated region(s) requires review of the proposed itinerary relevant to the excluded regions. Individual travel to restricted region(s) requires the submission of a petition and ITPC approval.
  • ­ The petition process factors academic rationale and an individual safety proposal into consideration. Petitions should be submitted at least 60-days in advance of travel and prior to utilization of university funding.    

For further information on the ITPC risk designated policy or the petition process, please contact international risk management at IRM@osu.edu

Travel Registration and Insurance Enrollment

Ohio State students using university scholarship or grant funding for individual travel to international locations are required to register their travel. Travel Registration includes completion of emergency response information, access to pre-departure health and safety modules and enrollment in the supplemental international insurance. The insurance includes specific coverage for medical care, medical evacuation, repatriation, and political security and natural disaster evacuation. There is a modest daily rate for the insurance enrollment that students should calculate into budget proposals for funding. Students participating in education abroad programming coordinated through OIA are already registered in the system and automatically enrolled in the supplemental international insurance. 


For additional information, please visit the Office of International Affair's Education Abroad - Health and Safety webpage.