Council of Graduate Students

at The Ohio State University

Engaged Scholar Grant

The Council of Graduate Students (CGS), in partnership with the Office of Outreach and EngagementOffice of Student LifeOffice of Research, and Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) is pleased to announce the availability of the Engaged Scholar Grant.

The Engaged Scholar Grant incentivizes graduate and professional students to undertake community-engaged research or community-engaged projects, in collaboration with a community partner, that address a specific need or problem within the community (in-state, out-of-state, and international). Graduate and professional students may apply for grants ranging from $500 to $1,500.

Grants may be used to support new and/or expand existing research and/or projects related to well-structured community-engaged initiatives. All students are required to collaborate with a community partner for their proposal and research/project. Students conducting research/projects within the state of Ohio will be connected with Ohio State University Extension to potentially collaborate with the County Extension Office on their research/project. Upon being awarded the grant CGS will connect students with appropriate Extension officials. However, students are encouraged to connect with their local Extension Office prior to submitting their grant application. 

Students expected graduation date must be on or after the summer one calendar year after the application deadline.

Focus Areas

  • Access, Equity, and Justice
  • Arts, Communication, and Multimedia
  • Children and Families
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Education
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Health, Nutrition, and Wellness
  • Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility


Proposals must address how community-engaged pedagogy will be leveraged to assist with addressing a critical community need or problem.

Proposals must include:

  • a title;
  • the name of all Ohio State students, faculty, and staff involved (including title, department, college/unit);
  • name and letter of endorsement from a community partner (the letter should outline the community partner's role in the partnership and their intended/expected benefits); and
  • a complete budget (students must disclose any and all additional funding secured)

Additionally, proposals must describe:

  • the context of the research/project;
  • the issue(s) of public concern it addresses;
  • the current climate of the community;
  • how this project enhances the student's personal, academic, and professional experience and goals; and
  • how the student will evaluate the impact and success of the research/project

Funding Guidelines

The Engaged Scholar Grant covers costs between $500 and $1,500 and are intended to support new and/or expand existing research and/or projects related to well-structured community engaged initiatives.

Grants cannot be used toward tuition, dissertation/thesis related research projects, or any work for which students will receive academic credit. However, funding may be applied toward the service project, transportation, supplies, and/or other necessary costs to ensure the project is successfully completed. Computer equipment and other information technology devices and software generally will not be approved expenses. Funding may not be used to pay the salaries of any individual. All university purchasing and travel rules will apply.

Recipients must report back to the Council of Graduate Students a detailed report of expenses and an update on their research/project within twelve months of receiving the grant. 

Payment Options

Option 1: Reimbursement to Community Partner

Option 2: Reimbursement to Extension Office (in-state projects only)

Option 3: Reimbursement to Student


STARTING 2021-2022

Application Open: February 1

Application Deadline: March 15

Activity Window: July 1 – June 30

Expected Graduation Date: Summer (of the ending fiscal year) or later

For applications due in 2022, expected graduation must be summer 2023 or later

For applications due in 2023, expected graduation must be summer 2024 or later

For applications due in 2024, expected graduation must be summer 2025 or later


Please direct all questions to CGS Vice President, Katie Conner.280.