Research and Study Abroad Funding

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Graduate students in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese have opportunities to live, work, and do research abroad through participation in various international programs. Through the auspices of The Ohio State Office of International Affairs, investigation and study opportunities are available at universities in Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil and Portugal, as well as in several other countries. An information session on these opportunities is held every year in the department. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies for more details.

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SPPO Travel Support

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The first place to look for funds is within the department. The department has a certain amount of funds to support graduate student participation in professionalization activities. Below is an outline of the procedures for applying for departmental travel funds to attend conferences and the awards for research projects.

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How to apply?

In order to apply for these funds, you must submit an Application for Graduate Student Travel Support and a copy of the formal invitation to present at the conference. The Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) reviews the applications throughout the year. In their evaluation, they base their decision on the following: a) relevance of the paper to the student's main field of concentration; b) prestige of the conference for which the funds are requested; c) estimated costs of travel (transportation, hotel, and food); and d) applicant's stage of advancement within the graduate program. The maximum amount of travel support is $300.00.

When to apply?

You should begin the application process as soon as you receive official notification that you have been accepted for a conference; moreover, you must complete the application process (including applying for a T number) before you go to the conference. This is very important for a number of reasons. First, while the Department has every interest in monetarily supporting graduate student professionalization activities, our funds are limited. Second, the GSC does not meet every week and your application might not be reviewed right away. Finally, if your application is approved, you must submit the Travel Request Form approximately two weeks before your departure in order to allow for the necessary processing time at the departmental and university levels. SPPO staff will do everything they can to help you process these forms; however, they need sufficient time to comply with the university's procedures. Please remember that according to university policy, without an assigned T number, you cannot be reimbursed.

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Awards for Research

The following awards are given annually:

  • The Karpus Fund—restricted to travel undertaken in connection with a research project relating to Peninsular Studies
  • The LoAnne Crane Award
  • The Josaphat Kubayanda Graduate Student Scholarship
  • The Mario Iglesias Award for Excellence in the Study and Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese
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Procedures for Receiving Support 

Applications for support from the Department's Travel Support Fund must be submitted at least three weeks before the time of travel and will be reviewed by the Graduate Committee on an ongoing basis through the academic year.

For further information on the the procedures for receiving support please visit sppo.osu.edu/graduate/general-info/travel-support/receiving-support

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SPPO Graduate Awards

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The purpose of the LoAnn Crane Graduate Awards for Hispanic Studies is to help eligible graduate students pursue a project or course of study in a Spanish-speaking country. These small awards (no more than $500) may be used to help cover travel or living expenses while abroad.

Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must be graduate students in good standing in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  During the period of the award (summer 2020 or academic year 2020-2021) they must either be enrolled in an approved study abroad program or be engaged in a valid research project abroad.  

Application

Applicants should submit a brief proposal (maximum three double-spaced pages) that includes a description of the project and/or course of study, and a statement explaining how the award will enable the candidate to achieve his/her academic goals. An itemized budget of estimated expenses and an Advising Report should accompany the proposal.  A letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor or project director should be sent under separate cover.  Students who plan to enroll in an approved study abroad program should also submit the program’s official brochure (or a link to the online description) along with their application.

Applications are due March 6, 2020
Submit materials via application

Selection

Recipients will be selected by a committee of faculty from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. 


Support the Crane Fund for Hispanic Studies

The LoAnn Crane Awards for Hispanic Studies are supported by a generous gift from Mrs. LoAnn Crane (B.A. 1947), a former Spanish major at Ohio State. Alumni and friends of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese may contribute online to The Crane Fund for Hispanic Studies.

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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese will offer one or more awards in memory of Professor Mario Iglesias, to recognize Graduate Teaching Associates for their excellence in classroom teaching or the study of Spanish or Portuguese languages, literature, and/or culture.  Individual awards may be to a maximum of $1,000 and support a variety of graduate associate needs, including educational materials and resources, costs to conduct research, or participation in professional conferences.

Eligibility

Applicants must be Graduate Teaching Associates in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Application

  • Candidates for awards recognizing excellence in their academic programs or for their teaching must be nominated by their advisors, professors, or teaching supervisors with at least two letters detailing the reasons for making the nomination.

Submit nominations via webform.

  • Students seeking support to conduct scholarly research should submit a brief proposal (maximum three double-spaced pages) that includes a project outline, statement of its significance to the field, any progress to date, time to completion, and qualifications for completing the project; an itemized budget estimating the cost of the project and listing financial support already received or being requested; a current advising report; and (under separate cover) a letter of recommendation from their advisor or project director.

Submit materials via application.

  • Students seeking support to participate in a professional conference should submit a maximum one-page statement on the nature of their participation and why it is important for their careers; full documentation verifying participation, cost, and other financial support; a note of endorsement from the student’s advisor that discusses the relevance of the topic and the prestige of the conference; and a current advising report.   

Applications are due March 6, 2020

Selection

Criteria for selection include the quality of the student’s work, the significance of the activity for which the award is sought, and the recommendation of the student’s supervisor or advisor. Recipients will be selected by a committee of faculty from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Mario Iglesias

Mario Iglesias (1924-2002) came to the United States from his native Cuba in 1961. He joined the faculty of The Ohio State University in 1967 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, where he taught all levels of Spanish language while supervising and coordinating graduate teaching associates. He was later promoted to Associate Professor and became Director of the Spanish Language Program with responsibility for curriculum development and the training of graduate teaching associates. He was the author of several widely used textbooks as well as many articles on pedagogy. Mario was a born teacher with a wonderful sense of humor and great respect for his students. He was also immensely popular among students. The Mario Iglesias Award for Excellence in the Study and Teaching of Spanish has been established by his family in memory of his commitment to fostering excellence among graduate teaching associates of the Spanish and Portuguese languages.


Support the Mario Iglesias Endowed Fund

Alumni and friends of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese may contribute online to the Mario Iglesias Endowed Fund

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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is pleased to announce the 2019 competition for awards from the Karpus Fund. The purpose of the Karpus Fund award is to further the education, training and professional development of currently enrolled graduate students who are engaged in the study of Spanish Literatures and Cultures. The award is to be used to travel to Spain any time within the academic (Summer 2019-Spring 2020) year to pursue research into a topic within the fields of Spanish literatures and cultures.

Eligibility

Applicants must be OSU graduate students in good standing, engaged in the study of Spanish Literatures and Cultures.

Application

The competition is subject to the following guidelines: All applications must be made in writing, and should be no more than two pages in length, including a proposed budget. Each application should state clearly the purpose for which the award is being sought, the relationship of that purpose to the student’s area of research, and offer a brief outline of the project for which the research is to be carried out. The award cannot be used for presenting at a conference. Applications for research travel must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor, and a curriculum plan. Applications should include information about current awards received for funding of the research/project; and about other awards and sources of funding, if any, currently being sought for the project. 

Applications are due March 6, 2020
Submit materials via application.

Selection

Priority will be given to applications from advanced doctoral level students, followed by beginning doctoral students, followed by M.A. students. Due to the limited funds available, those who have received the Karpus Award within the last 5 years are not eligible. In this year’s competition, there will be a single award of $400 given to a single project.  

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The Josaphat Kubayanda Graduate Student Scholarship celebrates the life and work of the first Chairperson of the OSU Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The award of up to $1000 is given to a deserving Ohio State graduate student pursuing research, preferably on a dissertation, in Latin American, Caribbean, and/or African literatures and cultures.

Eligibility

Applicants must be OSU graduate students in good standing.

Application

Applicants should submit a brief proposal (maximum three double-spaced pages) that includes a project outline, statement of its significance to the field, any progress to date, time to completion, and qualifications for completing the project. A transcript or advising report should accompany the proposal. A letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor or project director should be sent under separate cover to Nicole Allender.  

Applications are due March 6, 2020
Submit materials via application.

Selection

Criteria for selection include the quality of the research project; the academic record and qualifications of the student; and the recommendation of the student’s referee. The recipient will be selected by a committee of faculty from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for African Studies.

Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for African Studies.


Josaphat Bekunru Kubayanda (1944-1991) became the first chairperson of the newly created Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The Ohio State University in 1989. An associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, he was the author of The Poet’s Africa: Africanness in the Poetry of Nicolás Guillén and Aimé Césaire, as well as numerous articles on Latin American literature, Afro-Hispanic literary relations, and issues of minority discourse, gender and orality. He also served as the associate editor of Research in African Literatures. In addition, Joe was a superb teacher who won every possible award for distinguished teaching at Ohio State and was the recipient of the American Association for Higher Education’s Jaime Escalante Award for Extraordinary Teaching.

Funds for The Josaphat Kubayanda Graduate Student Scholarship are provided from a permanent endowment created with gifts from family, friends and colleagues of Joe Kubayanda and established by the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University in May 2000 and September 2009.  The Josaphat Kubayanda Fund stands as a permanent memorial to a much admired and loved husband, father, friend and colleague who left us far too soon and who is fondly remembered.


Support the Josaphat Kubayanda Fund

Alumni and friends of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese may contribute online to the Josaphat Kubayanda Fund

View past recipients here.

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The purpose of The Susan Pratt Munthe Fund for Latin American Studies is to support the research and/or travel of an eligible graduate student whose research interest is in Latin America. This award (no more than $2000) may be used to help cover research/travel or living expenses while abroad.

Eligibility

Applicants must be OSU graduate students in good standing.

Application

Applicants should submit a brief proposal (maximum three double-spaced pages) that includes a description of the project and/or course of study, and a statement explaining how the award will enable the candidate to achieve his/her academic goals. An itemized budget of estimated expenses and an Advising Report should accompany the proposal.  A letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor or project director should be sent under separate cover.  Students who plan to enroll in an approved study abroad program should also submit the program’s official brochure (or a link to the online description) along with their application.

Applications are due March 6, 2020
Submit material via application

Selection

Recipients will be selected by a committee of faculty from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, in consultation with the Center for Latin American Studies.


Support The Susan Pratt Munthe Fund for Latin American Studies

The Munthe Awards for Latin American Studies are supported by a generous gift from Susan Pratt Munthe (B.A. 1974). Alumni and friends of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese may contribute online to The Munthe Fund for Latin American Studies.

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The purpose of the Rymer Award, in the amount of $1000, is to provide financial support to undergraduate or graduate students for study abroad fees and travel expenses

Details and Eligibility

The Department of French and Italian and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will alternate the disbursement of this award from year to year (SPPO will disburse the award in 2018, in 2020, etc.). The recipient must be enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences (undergraduate or graduate) and major in Spanish, Portuguese, French, or Italian. The recipient must be making good progress toward their degree, and priority will be given to non-native Spanish or Portuguese (or French or Italian during odd years) speakers who have not had many opportunities to study abroad. 

Application

Applications must include a brief letter describing the study abroad program or travel in which the applicant plans to participate and the reasons for which they have chosen it, a current cv, a letter of support from their advisor, and a list of other funding for which they are also applying. 

Applications are due March 6, 2020

Submit materials via application

Selection

Recipients will be selected by a committee of faculty from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. 

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Additional Funding Resources for Research and Study Abroad

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More information on funding for research and study abroad can be found in the following selected links: