Summer Funding Opportunities

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The Department of French & Italian announces the following research awards available to graduate students: The FRIT Graduate Research Summer Travel Award; The Bulatkin Summer Prize; The French, Francophone, and Italian Summer Research Prize; The Rymer Award; and The Astier Travel Grant.

Bulatkin Summer Prize

The Bulatkin Summer Prize is designed to provide one PhD student in French or Italian at the dissertation-writing stage with summer support in the amount of $6200 to allow them to make substantial progress toward the completion of the dissertation.  Preference given to a student who does not hold a teaching appointment for the summer, and who has not received the award previously.

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. Letter that includes a) a one- to two-page abstract of the dissertation; b) a brief statement on where the applicant is in the writing process, including projected defense date; and c) specific goals for the summer is (i.e. the research for and writing up of a certain chapter, the revision of several chapters, etc.);
  2. CV;
  3. Letter of support from the dissertation adviser;
  4. Projected summer budget that includes living expenses (whether in Columbus or elsewhere) and any research expenses the project may require;
  5. List of other funding for which the applicant is also applying.  

At the end of the summer the recipient must submit to the graduate chair and advisor a brief letter describing what they accomplished. Selection will be made on the basis of: 1) strength of the proposal, 2) nearness to completion of the dissertation, 3) applicant’s academic record in the program. 

French, Francophone, and Italian Summer Research Prize

The Bulatkin Summer Prize is designed to provide one PhD student in French or Italian at the dissertation stage with summer support in the amount of $6200 to allow them to make substantial progress toward the completion of the dissertation.  Preference given to a student who does not hold a teaching appointment for the summer, and who has not received the award previously.

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. Letter that includes a) a one- to two-page abstract of the dissertation; b) a brief statement on where the applicant is in the writing process, including projected defense date; and c) specific goals for the summer is (i.e. the research for and writing up of a certain chapter, the revision of several chapters, etc.);
  2. CV;
  3. Letter of support from the dissertation adviser;
  4. Projected summer budget that includes living expenses (whether in Columbus or elsewhere) and any research expenses the project may require;
  5. List of other funding for which the applicant is also applying.  

At the end of the summer the recipient must submit to the graduate chair and advisor a brief letter describing what they accomplished. Selection will be made on the basis of: 1) strength of the proposal, 2) nearness to completion of the dissertation, 3) applicant’s academic record in the program. 

Rymer Award

The Judith Marquis Rymer and Glenn Rymer Travel Award offers financial support to graduate students in French, Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese for study abroad fees and travel expenses. The Department of French and Italian and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will alternate the disbursement of this award from year to year (FRIT will disburse the award in 2021, then in 2023, etc.).

Applicants must submit the following documents:

    1. Brief letter describing the study abroad program in which the applicant plans to participate and the reasons for which they have chosen it;
    2. CV;
    3. Letter of support from the adviser;
    4. List of other funding for which they are also applying.

The recipient must be making good progress toward the degree, and priority will be given to non-native French or Italian speakers who have not had many opportunities to study abroad. The department will award either two awards of $1000 or one award of $2000.

Astier Travel Grant

*(for Students in 20th/21st-century French and Francophone Studies only)

The Astier Travel Grant, in the amount of $1,000, is awarded to one PhD student working on a topic in 20th/21st-century French or Francophone studies. Typically, the travel grant will be used for travel to archives and/or research centers in support of the dissertation research, but applicants do not have to be at the candidacy stage to apply.

Applicants must submit the following documents:

    1. Letter explaining the applicant’s research project;
    2. CV;
    3. Letter of support from the adviser;
    4. A projected budget for travel;
    5. List of other funding for which they are also applying.

Selection will be made first on the basis of the strength of the proposal; if more than one applicant’s project merits funding, seniority will be taken into consideration. A student who has already received this grant may apply for and receive it a second time if the project merits it and if they are the only eligible applicant.


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2021

Please submit applications electronically to Sonya Afanasyeva

Applications reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee.