The Armed Conflicts and Im/mobility project funded by the Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme invites applications for graduate student grants for research and creative work on the topic of the project. What happens to people living through armed conflict or crises? Humanitarians seek to provide immediate relief for those faced with homelessness, hunger, violence, and disease. Human rights law examines the claims to protection and redress of those suffering dispossession and abuse. This project, however, is intended not to intervene but to explore a critical dilemma for those concerned: to go or to stay. Flight is an understandable human response to threat, and in many cases, removal is forced on populations affected by war or disaster. But not all can emigrate and some choose to stay, finding ways to “shelter in place.” Mobility and immobility in precarious circumstances present parallel challenges: physical survival, labor, and educational opportunities, family and community support, relations with authorities, and more. Over time, experiences of grief, disorientation, and creative adaptation generate novel documentary, artistic, and social responses.

We will evaluate research and creative project proposals on all aspects of im/mobility in the wake of armed conflicts or humanitarian crises. The grants are open to all enrolled graduate students at Ohio State University. We expect to award 5-6 research or creative work grants, for up to $3000 each.

Graduate research grants offer funding to be used in support of the candidate’s PhD dissertation/MA thesis research. The funds could be used for travel to archives or library collections, the recording and transcription of interviews, the acquisition of research materials not available at Ohio State, and other appropriate uses such as programming (e.g. symposia, exhibits).

Graduate creative work grants offer funding to be used toward the completion of filmmaking, photography, fine art, dance, theatre, music, design, creative writing, or interdisciplinary arts projects for MFA or PhD, as well as Master of Architecture (MArch) students. Funds could be for materials, travel for production or research, documentation, or other relevant uses.

To Apply: Please submit a 2-page double-spaced research project description, an itemized budget of your research expenses (per diem will not be considered), a schedule for project completion, and a faculty statement of support to Please use the subject line, “Graduate Grant Proposal.”

Questions about the grants program can be directed to

We will assess the proposals based on the following criteria: 1) relation to the topic of the project; 2) relevance for the advancement of your research and studies; and 3) practical and ethical feasibility, including preparedness to conduct the proposed work. The funds should be expended by the beginning of AU24.

Awardees are expected to present their work at events organized by the Armed Conflicts and Im/mobility project during 2024-2025 academic year.

Application deadline: November 27, 2023. Results will be announced in January 2024.