Awards

Student Awards

Graduate Travel




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).

 

Applications

Program deadlines are rolling from mid-July to mid-June. Applications are not restricted to the same fiscal year, though yearly limits are measured by the fiscal year of the award, not the year of travel. Applications must include the following:

  • Budget details and proof of costs; and
  • Statement as to the availability of other travel funds, e.g., GSGA, and their use in relation to this travel, or reason for nonuse; and
  • Conference acceptance notice.

Graduate Summer Fellowship




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.

 

Applications

Applications must include the following:

  • A narrative statement (2500 word maximum) indicating the following:
    • Project description; and
    • Current project status and proposed schedule; and
    • Preliminary or expected results; and
    • The role of the project in the applicant’s advancement to degree and unique impact on intellectual development not otherwise attainable; and
    • Where the project overlaps with a faculty member’s, a statement on the distinct, separate nature of the student’s project.
  • Abbreviated (two-page) curriculum vitae, transcript, or other records summarizing the applicant's graduate career.
  • A support letter from the student's advisor, project director, or the graduate program director, uploaded to the application gateway by the graduate program director at the time of departmental review. This letter should comment on the role of the project in the student's degree program, as well as the significance of the project and the student's ability to complete it. Once the applicant submits their proposal, a prompt will be sent to both the graduate program director. Following the prompts in the notice email, letters of support may be uploaded to the application system. Letters of support will be treated confidentially. All letters must be uploaded to the system prior to the 5 PM on the day of the published deadline.

 


Graduate Enrichment



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.

 

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed based upon the following criteria:

  • The quality or promise of quality of the applicant's work as a scholar or creative writer and teacher; and
  • The significance of the contribution that the proposed project will make to the applicant's degree program; and
  • The conceptualization, organization, and description of the proposed project; and
  • The current state of the research, the proposed research schedule, and the timeliness of the grant to ensuring the completion of the project; and
  • The likelihood that the applicant will complete the project.

 

Applications

Applications must include the following:

  • A narrative statement (2500 word maximum) indicating the following:
    • Project description; and
    • Current project status and proposed schedule; and
    • Preliminary or expected results; and
    • The role of the project in the applicant’s advancement to degree and unique impact on intellectual development not otherwise attainable; and
    • A brief budget outline with explanation and proof of costs, indicating any other funding sources involved in the project; and
    • Where the project overlaps with a faculty member’s, a statement on the distinct, separate nature of the student’s project.
  • Abbreviated (two-page) curriculum vitae.
  • A support letter from the student's advisor, project director, or the graduate program director, uploaded to the application gateway by the graduate program director at the time of departmental review. This letter should comment on the role of the project in the student's degree program, as well as the significance of the project and the student's ability to complete it. Once the applicant submits their proposal, a prompt will be sent to both the graduate program director. Following the prompts in the notice email, letters of support may be uploaded to the application system. Letters of support will be treated confidentially. All letters must be uploaded to the system prior to the 5 PM on the day of the published deadline.

 

 

The application portal closes at 5 PM on the day of published deadlines.

 


Undergraduate Enrichment

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.

 

Eligibility

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 by the first day of classes of the last semester prior to graduation.

 

Applications

Applications must include the following:

  • A narrative statement (2500 word maximum) indicating the following:
    • Project description and proposed schedule; and
    • Preliminary or expected results; and
    • Description of how the proposed project will advance the student's understanding of his or her major field, beyond any course credit that might be earned through the project; and
    • Detailed budget and justification for budget items; and
    • A complete transcript or grade report; and
    • A statement of other available sources of funding from UC for the particular project. Those who receive support outside Taft must report such funding to the Taft Faculty Chair upon receipt of award notification;
  • A support letter from the student's advisor, project director, or the program director, uploaded to the application gateway by the program director at the time of departmental review. This letter should comment on the role of the project in the student's degree program, and how the project will enrich the student's understanding of his or her major.

 

 

The application portal closes at 5 PM on the day of published deadlines.

 

Applications are evaluated on the potential value of the enrichment experience and the applicant’s academic record.

 

Proposed projects must not merely be a study abroad experience.

 

Undergraduate Enrichment Award Applicants traveling outside the United States, for projects associated with an academic credit bearing experience (i.e., getting a grade), are required to apply for funds from UC International. Those who receive support outside Taft must report such funding to the Taft Faculty Chair upon receipt of award notification.