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Graduate Student and Faculty Research and Travel Grants

The CSR awards small grants in support of graduate student and faculty research activities, conference participation and other academically-oriented travel needs. Note that travel plans are not necessary to apply for these grants.

This round of grants is currently closed. 

Find the application form here. 

Eligibility Requirements

All currently enrolled graduate students or faculty may apply. Proposals should demonstrate a substantial connection to the purpose and mission of the CSR, with preference given to those who contribute consistently to the life of the Center via event attendance and participation and/or to students working directly with our faculty affiliates. Your project should be aligned with the focus of the Center for the Study of Religion. You can find more information on the mission of our Center on our "About" page

Previous award recipients are permitted to reapply for these grants, but first-time applicants will receive priority consideration, with all other factors being equal.

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 1000 words (with accompanying title) including brief statements on how the grant would aid the project's development and how much work has already been done. 
    2. verification of IRB approval for the research project (if applicable)
    3. résumé or c.v.

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 or faculty member's academic and/or professional development and the potential for the student's or faculty member's work to contribute to greater understanding of the field in which they are working. The project should demonstrate a connection to the field of religious studies, but may take any number of theoretical or methodological approaches relevant to the applicant's particular discipline.

Following the project, recipients will be required to submit a 500-word blog post, to be designed with a public audience in mind, on the state of their research or any other use of the funding, along with a short summary and a photo of either the recipient or some aspect of their project. These materials will be used as news items on the CSR website and on other CSR platforms, including social media. 

Questions? Check our Grants FAQ page, or email religion@osu.edu

Confirmation of international travel registration, as well as any approvals required for travel to risk designated locations, is required before funds can be released – please see the "Travel to Risk Designated Locations" section at the bottom of the page.