Taft-eligible graduate students traveling to present their research, whether serving as discussants, presenting a paper or some other creative work at academic conferences or events, are eligible for up to $500 in travel funding per fiscal year. Grants only cover non-local travel (from Cincinnati to the destination city), a conference registration fee, and per diem, to include lodging (up to $50 per day).
Taft-eligible graduate students engaged in research projects that will significantly advance their degree program are eligible for up to $2,500 for any 24-month period. Eligible projects include but are not limited to the following:
- Travel to a library, archive or other source of primary research materials;
- Purchase of software or data sets;
- Payment for technical services such as videotaping, laboratory analysis, etc.;
- Expenses involved in conducting interviews or distributing surveys.
Enrichment Awards do not cover conference participation, as these are supported by the Taft Graduate Fellowships and Taft Graduate Travel Awards.
Taft-eligible undergraduate students engaged in research projects that will enhance their learning experience in their major field are eligible to receive up to
$2,000 for any 24-month period. Eligible projects include but are not limited to research expenses, travel to a library, archives, museum, or conference, a language immersion program, or an organized field trip. Regardless of the activity, there must be a research component within the proposed project. Both individual and group applications are accepted. Awards are made on a competitive basis.
To be eligible, students must be majoring in one of the Taft departments and must have completed at least 10 upper division credit hours in their major by the end of the current academic year. Seniors are eligible if the project funded will be completed prior to graduation.
The Charles Phelps Taft Competitive Dissertation Fellowship provides a $20,000 stipend to advanced, outstanding graduate students in support of their doctoral research. Only five students are selected for this opportunity each year. A University Graduate Scholarship accompanies each fellowship, through the home department, which covers the standard student health insurance award and course fees.
See also Allocated Taft Dissertation Fellowships.
TAFT offers up to $2,000 to outstanding Taft-eligible undergraduate scholars that have demonstrated promise for advanced research opportunities. Directed by a faculty mentor, students will develop substantial and creative independent research projects, culminating in a thesis, expository, or creative work presented at the University Undergraduate Research Conference in the spring. Students will meet regularly with their faculty mentor (no less than once per month) to discuss their project and related issues.
Faculty mentors will receive up to $500 in remuneration for their time spent mentoring students. Mentor payments will be paid out during the same cycle as the student, upon the successful completion of the terms of the grant, in their regular faculty pay cycle.
Taft-eligible graduate students conducting focused research projects over the summer, supervised by a faculty mentor, are eligible for $3,000 in research grants, in order to permit time away from other commitments and focus on a given project. Graduate students may not have other commitments during the fellowship period, however, projects need not encompass the entire summer period.