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Research and Conference Travel

Research is integral to the overall mission of Ohio State. To enhance the university’s research, outreach, and engagement activities, and fuel Ohio State’s commitment to economic development and the well-being of our community, top priorities include increasing participation in large-scale funding initiatives, improving the competitiveness of our researchers in their efforts to secure funding, and fostering economic development through enhanced industry-sponsored research and commercialization. The Office of International Affairs fosters global opportunities for the university and supports those doing research abroad.

Funding for research and/or conference travel

The Office of International Affairs has a number of grants and scholarships for undergraduate students, however the majority of them are for participation in Ohio State approved study abroad programs. For undergraduate students, the Undergraduate Research Office (URO) maintains a comprehensive directory of funding opportunities for Ohio State students. The Undergraduate Fellowship Office (UFO) provides information on applying to major scholarships and other award opportunities that may provide funding for international research. In addition to the UFO and URO, various colleges and departments provide funding opportunities to support student research. Faculty and staff may also be aware of specific awards to support research endeavors. 

The Office of International Affairs supports graduate research abroad through a variety of scholarships and grants. The Office of Research maintains a directory of Ohio State sponsored and external funding opportunities for graduate students and various colleges and departments provide funding opportunities to support student research as well. Faculty and staff may also be aware of specific awards to support research endeavors.

Ohio State Travel Policies

Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research or conference presentations abroad that are related to their Ohio State academic or co-curricular objectives are required to adhere to the policies and guidelines set forth by the University’s International Travel Policy Committee.

  • Be sure to check the status of your prospective host country with the list of Ohio State Risk Designated Countries. If your host country is currently listed as a Risk Designate Country, you must submit a petition to the International Travel Policy Committee.
  • Students traveling to international locations for academic or co-curricular purposes are required to enroll in the university's supplemental travel insurance. Visit supplemental travel insurance for detailed steps on how to apply for the supplemental insurance online.

Self-report Form and Pre-departure Checklist

Once you have been approved for travel, be sure to complete the online independent study abroad self-report form and review the pre-departure checklist.