Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

Do you want to study abroad in Eastern or Central Europe? Improve your language skills? Get involved with research on Slavic languages and cultures? Present your research at a conference?
Students with strong academic records who want to enhance their education in these ways are encouraged to apply for grants and fellowships.
There are a number of grants and fellowships that are open to undergraduate students and of relevance to Russian majors/minors and Slavic & East European minors. The following is not intended to be a complete list. Students who are interested in applying for a grant or fellowship should contact the Department's Undergraduate Studies Chair or their advisor.

Slavic Department Awards

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures welcomes applications for the awards listed below. Please return all application materials to Hagerty Hall 400, or email the application in its entirety to Derek Peterson with the subject "2019 SEELC Awards".

The deadline for 2019 award submissions is February 22, 2019


Dr. Miriam G. Schwartz Slavic Award

This fund was established April 4, 2008, with gifts from Dr. Miriam G. Schwartz through the Miriam & Stanley Schwartz Jr. Philanthropic Foundation. It is used to provide merit-based scholarship support for undergraduate students who have declared a major in Russian language, literature, culture, or linguistics. To be considered, students must be at least junior status and have a minimum GPA of 3.5. Graduate students may also be considered.


Francis M. Buzek Award

This award was initiated by Associate Professor Emeritus George Kalbouss in memory of one of his favorite students during his tenure in the Slavic Department at Ohio State. It provides a financial award to a junior majoring in Russian or Slavic Studies, with preference going to ROTC members. This award is intended for the student who energizes her/his instructors' teaching, and helps coalesce the class in such a way that the students teach each other and engage in active and productive discussions.

Uprka-Laga-Schweitzer Award in Czech Studies

The Uprka-Laga-Schweitzer fund is used to defray the cost of tuition and other program expenses for undergraduate and graduate students studying Czech language and/or Czech culture in the Czech Republic (specifically the Moravia regions).

Dr. Kenneth E. Naylor South Slavic/Balkan Studies Award

The Dr. Kenneth E. Naylor South Slavic/Balkan Studies Award an annual prize in the department awarded to the top student in South Slavic / Balkan Studies (graduate or undergraduate) as determined by the instructors and professors involved in our South Slavic / Balkan courses.  The award will recognize a student who demonstrates a deep and abiding interest in the field and excellence in his/her academic pursuits pertaining to South Slavic and/or Balkan studies.


Radley M&P Scholarship Award

This fund supports undergraduate students majoring in Russian. Areas supported include study abroad projects, student research project support, partial tuition support and internships in Russia.

Luczkowski-Habash Award for Polish Studies

This fund was established on August 28, 2015, with gifts from Jean Luczkowski and Stephen Habash to support undergraduate and graduate students through scholarships and study abroad awards in the field of Polish Studies.

Fellowships and Grants at OSU

Aida Cannarsa Snow Endowment Fund for Significant Undergraduate Achievement and Research in the Arts and Humanities Up to $3000 to enhance opportunities for undergraduate students in Arts & Humanities to pursue and promote significant accomplishments in their fields of study.
Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarships For students who have attained junior standing and meet one of the following criteria: be a potential candidate for graduation with (honors) research distinction, or present other evidence of work on a significant research project.  The scholarships, which range from $500 to approximately $12,000, may be allocated over autumn and spring semesters.
Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Research Small Grants Up to $500 to majors in the Arts & Humanities.

Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Funding for summer language programs -- Russian at the advanced level; other funded languages at the intermediate level or above.

Holbrook Research Abroad Fellowship Up to $3500 to provide highly motivated students in any field of study with the opportunity to carry out an independent research project in a foreign country with the guidance of an OSU faculty member.

Huntington International Fellowship Funding for sophomores and juniors studying a foreign language and with an interest in international business to enhance their fluency in the language through study abroad. Study abroad period can vary. Must have already completed two years of language study.

International Research Grants for Undergraduates in the Arts and Sciences Up to $4000 in funding for undergraduate research that has an international component. The money can be used for research data collection in an international setting or for international travel to a conference where the student will be presenting research. Students can apply directly or faculty can apply to support an undergraduate student.

Melton Undergraduate Travel and Research Grants in Jewish Studies Up to $500 for travel to an academic conference, or for research expenses related to a major project in Jewish studies.

Mershon Student Research Grants These funds may be used for a variety of purposes, including travel, research, seminars, conferences, interviews, experiments, workshops, etc., by students of any major. Activities must be related to one of the Mershon Center's areas of focus: use of force and diplomacy; ideas, identities, and decisional processes that affect security; and institutions that manage violent conflict.

Mershon Study Abroad Scholarship Up to $2000 for undergraduates to study in a foreign country. Priority is given to students studying languages critical for national security, including Russian. Priority is given to students who are preparing for a career related to international security studies.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Undergraduate Research Grants Up to $500 to support participation of underrepresented students in research and scholarly activities. Qualifying expenses may include supplies for the research project, payment of research subject, or data collection and analysis, or travel to present research at a conference.

University Honors & Scholars Center Small Grants Program Up to $300 to assist honors students who are candidates for graduation with distinction who have specific research needs not covered by any other assistance.

Summer Honors Research Scholarships Up to $3500 to give especially promising honors sophomores and juniors the opportunity to enhance the quality of their senior Honors Research Projects. Selected students spent 40  hours/week doing research for 8 weeks during the summer.

Undergraduate Research Scholarship From $500 to $9000 in funding to undergraduates in the Arts and Sciences who are undertaking significant research projects. Applicants must be (at least) juniors; preference is given to students who are candidates for graduation with research distinction.

Undergraduate Research Office Summer Research Fellowships Up to $3500 to provide highly motivated students in any field of study with the opportunity to carry out an independent research project with an OSU faculty member.

Undergraduate Student Government Enrichment Grants Up to $1200 is available for students of all undergraduate majors and can be utilized for a variety of purposes, including, but not limited to, research, creative work, and professional development.

External Fellowships and Grants

NSEP Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Provides up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Eastern Europe. Students must be studying a less commonly taught language (includes Albanian, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Georgian, Hungarian, Macedonian, Moldovan, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian, and Uzbek). Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), whcih focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.

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