Educational Studies Small Research Grants for Graduate Students

We are pleased to announce that we have some funds that have been set aside to support graduate student research projects in the Department of Educational Studies. We will be accepting proposals from students for small grants to support research projects. Preference will be given to the support of dissertation research, but other proposals will also be considered. Proposals will be due by Thursday March 30th at 4:00pm. Please use the following format:

  1. Name and contact information; please include your degree program, year in program, program area/concentration, and name of advisor.
  2. Provide a one-two page summary of the proposed project. This should include (a) a brief rationale for the project, (b) a brief description of your methods and/or a sample (if applicable), (c) proposed analysis plan (if applicable), (d) expected outcomes and/or deliverables, and (e) proposed timeline.
  3. Please describe current IRB status, if IRB approval has not been obtained, please indicate timeline for that process.
  4. If this is a dissertation, please indicate the current status of the project (i.e. has proposal been approved, proposal being written now…)
  5. Please include a letter of support from your advisor. The letter must specifically describe the feasibility of completing your project within the proposed timeline. The letter may be included with your application or submitted separately by your advisor.
  6. Budget (maximum of $500)
    1. Please include a breakdown of expenses
    2. Please include a timeline for these expenditures

Examples of acceptable expenditures include (but are not limited to):
Stipends for students who will assist in the research
Purchase of supplies directly related to the research
Purchase of software directly related to an ongoing project or pre-existing data
Purchase of transcription services
Incentives for participation
Local travel to research sites

Funds for travel to conferences or for personal salary are not acceptable expenditures. All awardees will be required to turn in a brief summary describing how funds were used and the overall success of the project.

Please submit proposals to Helen Higgins ( by Thursday March 30th at 4:00pm. Preference will be given to students who have not received this funding during the past two years.


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 Research Commons Events

 IRB and International Research (Workshop)
March 28, 4–5 p.m.
The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop on creating and submitting proposals for researchers who plan to conduct research in international locations.

Data Management Basics (Workshop)
March 29, 4–5 p.m.
Join Amanda Rinehart, Ohio State’s Data Management Services Librarian, to learn more about creating a file naming system, tracking versions, and maintaining meaningful metadata for your research projects.

More events…

 UCAT Events

University Center for the Advancement of Teaching

 Suicide Prevention Training
March 6, 2:30–4 p.m.
A certified instructor from Ohio State’s Campus Suicide Prevention Program will teach faculty, GTAs, and advising staff about prevention and early intervention techniques designed to help save a life from suicide.

Beyond Plagiarism: Teaching For Academic Integrity in Writing and Research
March 30, 9:30–11 a.m.
The Writing Across the Curriculum team will illustrate opportunities for students to better understand writing assignments and scholarly conversations in an instructor’s field.

 Academic Job Search Overview
April 10, 2:30–4:30 p.m.
UCAT and Career Counseling and Support Services will provide helpful tips for starting your job search, including where and how to look for faculty openings and what materials need to be prepared.

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NAGAP Graduate Student Research Grant

The Association for Graduate Enrollment Management (NAGAP) is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 NAGAP Graduate Student Research Grant. This grant opportunity offers $2,500 of funding to current masters or doctoral level students studying any topic relevant to the field of graduate education. This may include enrollment management topics such as alumni outreach, student retention, campus support services, faculty advising, technology, leadership, financial aid, internationalization, holistic admissions, student recruitment, etc.

Recipients of the grant also receive support to attend the NAGAP conference to present their findings. Please see the NAGAP grant page for more information.

The deadline to be considered for the grant is February 28, 2017. Questions about applying to the grant should be directed to Marlaina Kloepfer (

Research Commons Events

Check out these events in February presented by the Research Commons.

Managing Active Data (Workshop)
February 3, 10-11:30am
Research Commons (3rd Floor, 18th Ave. Library)
175 W. 18th Ave.

REGISTER In this 1.5 hour in-person session, we focus on data management, from project start-up through data collection, analysis, and publication of your major findings. Presenters will review best-practices for data storage, form/format, documentation, and integrity. Attendees will be asked to provide feedback on their storage needs and brainstorm ideas for a college-wide storage system for EHE researchers. Best practices for handling active participant files, data sets, variables, and codebooks will be discussed by leading OSU research scientists. Presenters include…

Zotero Basics: Citation Management Training (Workshop)
February 7, 4-5:30pm
Research Commons (3rd Floor, 18th Ave. Library)
175 W. 18th Ave.

Are you interested in using citation management software for your next writing project but not sure where to start? Want to learn more about how citation management software can make your life easier when it comes to collecting, organizing, and citing published works? Join the Libraries’ Research Services department for an overview of Citation Management Software tools, and specifics on how you can use Zotero to organize your references, create bibliographies, and more as you prepare for your next paper…

Graduate Game Night in the Commons
February 9, 5-7pm
Research Commons (3rd Floor, 18th Ave. Library)
175 W. 18th Ave.

Need a short break from your research? Join your fellow graduate students for our first Graduate Game Night in the Research Commons event! Play a classic board game or come learn a new one! Participants can play the games provided or bring one of their own. Various board games will be available, including Monopoly, Clue, Risk, Pandemic, Settlers of Catan, and many more. Bring a group or join others for a cooperative game of Pictionary using the Digital Whiteboards

Grants for Graduate Students: How to Successfully Apply for a CGS Grant (Workshop)
February 13, 12-1:30pm
Research Commons (3rd Floor, 18th Ave. Library)
175 W. 18th Ave.

Are you a graduate student interested in research, conference travel, and professional development grants available to you through the Council of Graduate Students (CGS)? Want to know how to push your CGS grant application over the top? Join us to learn the ins and outs of applying for the Global Gateway Grant, Ray Travel Award, Career Development Grant, and Hayes Research Forum. A light lunch will be provided. Who: OSU Graduates When: Monday, February 13, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Obtaining Books and Articles Beyond OSU: How to use OhioLink and Interlibrary Loan (Workshop)
February 15, 4-5pm
Research Commons (3rd Floor, 18th Ave. Library)
175 W. 18th Ave.

Is the book or article you need for your research not available at the OSU Libraries? Graduate students regularly need to get items from beyond OSU. Come learn how to obtain materials at no cost to you from our OhioLink statewide academic library consortium and via interlibrary loan (ILL) and Article Express. Enhance your research by having items from around the state and around the world delivered to you!

Grant Writing: An Introduction (Workshop)
February 16, 11am-1pm
Research Commons (3rd Floor, 18th Ave. Library)
175 W. 18th Ave.

Join us for this interactive workshop on grant writing. We will address some of the similarities and differences between the funding processes for federal/state agencies and private foundations. Topics include best practices for seeking funding, including the SPIN Funding Opportunities system and other funding resources, and examples of writing that is both persuasive and clear. Presenters include: Dinessa Solomon, Executive Director, Foundation Relations Jeff Agnoli, Office of Research Amanda Rinehart, Data Management Services Librarian Who: OSU faculty, staff, and postdocs

Fair Use in Research and Education (Workshop)
February 21, 3:30-5pm
Research Commons (3rd Floor, 18th Ave. Library)
175 W. 18th Ave.

Do you use materials from third party sources in your teaching or research publications? Have you heard that all educational use is fair use but have some concerns about whether this is accurate? How can you evaluate whether something may qualify as fair use or determine if you need to seek permission? Join the Copyright Resources Center during Fair Use Week to learn how to use copyrighted material confidently and legally in your research publications and teaching.

The WAC Outstanding Writing Instruction Award

Applications due Friday, 3 March at 5 p.m.

Are you a graduate student who approaches writing instruction in an innovative way?  Do you use writing tasks or assignments to facilitate students’ learning in your field? Consider applying for the 2016 Writing Across the Curriculum Outstanding Writing Instruction Award.

The award recipient will receive a $200 monetary award furnished by the Writing Across the Curriculum Student Organization and public recognition as an outstanding instructor who uses writing to teach in innovative ways. The application deadline is Friday, 3 March at 5 p.m.

Are you eligible to apply?

  • Applicants must be a graduate student during the 2016-2017 academic year and a present or former instructor or teaching assistant in a course at OSU.
  • Those who have applied in the past but have not been awarded are eligible to apply.
  • Honorable mention recipients are eligible to apply again.
  • Past winners are ineligible to apply.

To apply, submit (in .doc, .docx or .pdf format * ) the following to

  1. A one-to-two page cover letter that explains a student learning challenge you identified and the writing-based solution that you developed to address it,
  2. a syllabus from the relevant course,
  3. and a sample assignment/activity/lesson plan that shows your writing-based solution to a student learning problem (annotations are optional)
  4. (optional) a context paragraph providing necessary background for judges to interpret the sample
    *    Please title your files with your last name and first name plus file names (example: BuckeyeBrutus_syllabus).

Your submission will be judged on how well the materials:

  • Explain the innovation of new uses of writing in your course
  • Provide evidence of using writing to help students overcome learning challenges
  • Connect writing to significant concepts or knowledge in your field
  • Indicate that you improve your teaching based on assessment and feedback

The WAC team will review applications and select finalists for interviews with the WAC team. We will select the winner and honorable mentions by mid-April.

Have questions about your application? We encourage you to contact the WAC program (via Dr. Chris Manion at to arrange an optional consultation before you submit your application materials. The last day for these consultations will be Monday, 27 February 2017.

Best of luck!


The WAC Team at the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing

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Graduate Associateships

Deadline to apply is Wednesday January 25, 2017.

Each year, Educational Studies awards a significant number of associateships for graduate teaching or graduate research.

These positions are highly competitive. We are able to provide associateships to many students who want them, but not all. Full-time doctoral students will be given priority.

Open positions are filled based on the knowledge and skills of the candidates. Supervising faculty and the department chair decide whom to hire for associateships.

Our application to apply for Graduate Associateship positions is now open. Please go to our GA Applications for 2016-2017 to apply for open positions. (Please use the GA Applications for 2016-2017)

PhD Students Only: EHE Dissertation Research Fellowship Nominations

Once again the EHE Office of Research will oversee the Dissertation Research Fellowship program for the 2017-2018 academic year. We wanted to get the process started early in the semester, so that applicants have sufficient time to assemble their packets. 

 At this time, Educational Studies will plan on nominating two (2) candidates for one (1) dissertation year fellowship.

 The EHE Office of Research website already has posted the application guidelines for the Fellowship.  They can be found at

 Applicants will need to provide a cover letter, up to a 6-page application, letters of support from their dissertation advisor and two other faculty members, a CV, and a Graduate School advising report.  The award includes a stipend as well as tuition for dissertation credit hours for Fall and Spring of 2017-2018.  The advisor should comment on other sources of funding that might be necessary to complete the dissertation.  The evaluation of the proposal by the advisor and the two other faculty members should focus on the demonstrated scholarship and future potential for scholarly excellence.  Evidence of previous research productivity is an important consideration.  Note that these awards can be held simultaneously with other external fellowships (e.g., Spencer dissertation fellowship) and are intended to support your top doctoral candidates.

 The deadline for students to submit their packet to Deb Zabloudil is January 20, 2017.  Please submit the documents electronically to When you view the web site, it will tell you to submit your documents to Dr. Jan Nespor’s office. Please don’t do that. Submit them to me instead so I can take them directly to the Graduate Studies Committee for review.

 Although students need not be candidates at the time of application, they must be candidates by the end of Summer Session 2017 to be eligible to receive the award.  Students who have previously received the Dissertation Fellowship award are not eligible for consideration of continued support.

Council of Graduate Students Updates: Scholarships and Grants! ACT NOW!

Apply for the Ray Travel Award for Service and Scholarship


Funding Period 4 Deadline: February 1, 2016.

Conference dates must begin on/ between: April  – June 

See our webpage for information:


Apply for the Career Development Grant


The Career Development Grant awards up to $350 for professional development (non-research activities).

Funding Period 4 Deadline: February 1, 2016

Conference dates must begin on/ between: April 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017

See our webpage for information:


NOTE: Apply by the application deadline if you are hoping to present at a conference that falls within an application period’s dates, even if you have not yet received word regarding your conference submission.


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Competition Deadline Feb. 1, 2017

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Competition

The Center for Slavic and East European Studies at The Ohio State University is seeking applications for its 2017-18 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship competition under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship program. Applications are being accepted for Summer 2017 and Academic Year 2017-18 fellowships for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who are pursuing a course of study requiring advanced foreign language and area studies training. Eligible languages taught at Ohio State include Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, and Uzbek, however, subject to approval, fellowships may be used for study at other U.S. institutions or to study abroad. The fellowship deadline is February 1, 2017.

All students interested in applying should plan on attending an Information Session. Upcoming sessions on are November 29, December 2, December 6, and January 11.

Questions can be addressed to Eileen Kunkler, the Slavic Center assistant director, at