** International Affairs is currently not accepting GIG applications for 2018-19 **

Graduate Internationalization Grants (GIG) are designed to encourage and support OSU graduate students who are doing actual research or research internships related to their field of study that take place at overseas locations.  Grants are available to masters and doctoral students to help fund international travel to research or internship sites and pay for related expenses. The applicant’s academic unit is expected to share the cost of this investment to promote internationalization across the University.

This award is not intended for attending or presenting at international courses, workshops, conferences or seminars. Please see the Graduate School Travel Award which may be better suited for these purposes.

OSU’s current internationalization efforts include recruitment and retention of diverse international students, developing and supporting education abroad opportunities for OSU’s domestic students, promoting global learning through curricular and co-curricular means, and fostering strategic international partnerships to promote faculty research and outreach activities. 

International activities eligible for funding

  • Travel expenses (airfare, lodging, meals) related to international research or internships that involve research


  • Maximum award amount: $2,000
  • Matching funds (at least 25%) at the academic unit level are required
  • Grants are awarded through International Programs and administered within the awardees’ academic units

Application Deadlines

  • February 1 for travel between March 1 - July 31
  • May 1 for travel between June 1 - October 31
  • August 1 for travel between September 1 -January 31
  • November 1 for travel between December 1 - April 30 of the following year

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • Degree-seeking OSU masters or doctoral students.   
  • Upholding the Graduate School’s Continuing Enrollment minimum registration requirements.
  • In good academic standing.

Domestic and international students are eligible.

Ineligible: Post-doctoral scholars

 Criteria for Award Selection

  • funding availability
  • completeness of application (Incomplete applications will not be considered)
  • reasonableness of the budget and attempts at economizing
  • strong letter (email) of support from your major professor
  • strength of applicant’s response to the two questions below:
  1. Describe how the activity will enhance your professional portfolio (research and/or engagement) with topics and colleagues beyond the U.S.
  2. Describe how this opportunity will help you develop a global perspective.

Award decisions are also contingent upon availability of funding and will take in to account representation across the University.  Note: GIG awards are limited to one award per student per academic year.

Approval Notification and Procedures for Transfer of Funds

  • Academic units must provide at least 25% in matching funds of total request. For example, if the total request is $2,000, the unit must provide a minimum of $500 in matching support.
  • Applicants will be notified of award approval or otherwise by the Office of the Associate Provost for International Programs within 30 days after the application cycle deadline (Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1 or Nov. 1).
  • International Programs will transfer the funds to the major professor of the student unless otherwise directed to the director of your graduate program, for example. The recipient unit will be responsible for tracking expenditures and following University policies related to travel, procurement, reimbursements, etc.

Awardee Obligations

GIG awardees must submit an International Reflection Report (no more than one page) to their major professor and International Programs within 30 days of completing the activity. The report should include:

  • Outcomes of the activity and how it enhances your professional portfolio (research and/or engagement) with topics and colleagues beyond the U.S.
  • Describe how this opportunity has helped you develop a global perspective and how you will incorporate this into your professional development.

Note: IP may post these reports on our website to illustrate the depth and breadth of international activity undertaken by graduate students on campus.

GIG Application

The Division of International Programs is currently not accepting GIG applications for 2018-19

Please contact Laurie Lewis, if you have any questions.