Dean's Fund for International Engagement


Believing that knowledge of the world beyond our national borders is essential to a well-educated citizenry, the College of Forestry is committed to expanding international learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. The awards described below have been put in place to assist students in pursuing their interests through international study, research, internships, and other collaborative experiences. Please note that the award ranges listed are estimates only, and actual awards depend on student achievement, financial profile, cost of program, and availability of funds.


NOTE ABOUT SUMMER/FALL CYCLES FOR 2021: Just because we cannot currently travel does not mean that global connections and experiences are not unavailable or unimportant! The events of 2020 have taught us that we are deeply interconnected with people and ecosystems around the globe. In this spirit, the COF International Programs Team will run our Dean's Fund awards with a slight adjustment. For summer and fall terms, we will accept applications for virtual experiences of an international nature. These could be online conferences, internships, or study programs. In addition to the standard application requirements, you will be asked to answer the following question:

How does this program connect you with international peers and/or mentors, and how does it contribute to your global understanding of your field of study? Your replies to this will help us evaluate the alignment of your request wiht the core mission of the Dean's Fund Awards for International Engagement.


 Award types and ranges


Students attend classes at a partner university overseas; living and learning is with host university students.  Students pay OSU tuition plus overseas living/travel expenses.

4 – 6 months

(1-2 terms)


Study Abroad Program/Intensive Language Program

Students are part of a stand-alone learning group of US students in a specific location; they may or may not have classes with local university students.

2 – 3 months

(1 term)


International Internships

Students participate in a professional work experience coordinated through the College of Forestry Internship or IE3 Global Internship programs.  Satifies required work experience in CoF degrees.

2-6 months


Short-term, Faculty-Led Programs

Students are part of a cohort-based group led by COF or other OSU faculty members to a single or multiple locations.

Less than one term

$300 - $1000


Independent learning experience

Students are involved in research or other international activities not listed above; you must discuss this option with the Director of International Programs to ensure it is eligible for funding support.  Can include conference attendance, if student is presenting/participating in poster session.


Varies; up to $2500


Don't see your experience included here? Please be in touch with Kerry Menn ( to discuss your international plans.



Once students have submitted applications, a committee from the college convenes to review all applications and award funding.  Not all award amounts will be the same.  The following criteria are taken into consideration:

Student Factors:

  • GPA (all scholarships require a MINIMUM of a 2.5 GPA for eligibility)
  • Transcripts and academic courses taken
  • Financial need (information is requested from the OSU Financial Aid Office, and considered along with students’ own need statements)
  • Essay/justification
  • Letters of reference/faculty support
  • Service to the College/University
  • Previous international experience
  • Candidates must have a clean student conduct record

Program/Experience Factors:

  • Program cost/fee
  • Duration of stay abroad
  • Living expenses
  • Travel costs – airfare, visa expenses, immunizations
  • Research equipment, additional logistical costs (if applicable)
  • Relation of program/experience to COF’s strategic priorities

These are the steps to submitting an application for COF awards:

  • You will need to complete the COF Dean’s Investment Fund Award Application Form by the deadline indicated below. 
  • If it was NOT part of your initial international program application (or you are not applying for a recognized program), you must submit an unofficial transcript.
  • A letter of reference from a COF faculty member must be submitted on your behalf.  Emails are acceptable. 
  • Submit a copy of your most recent financial aid award letter.  If you do not apply for/receive aid, please be sure to explain the rationale for this in your financial statement on the application.
  • If you have received one, please include a copy of your acceptance letter to the international program you have chosen; OR a letter of invitation from the organization/individual with which/whom you will be working.  These documents will be required before any funds are released to you.

Your Award Letter will provide details on how you will recieve the funds. Some awards are deposited directly into Student Accounts. Other awards are made as a reimbursement of agreed-upon costs up to the total amount awarded. In the case of a reimbursement, a receipt for the expense(s) will be required. Funding awards will follow COF and OSU approved travel/reimbursement policy. If a student is claiming reimbursement from more than one funding source, the International Engagement award must be used to cover costs not covered elsewhere.

 Application Deadlines


Applications MUST be completed by these deadlines to be considered for funding.  Plan ahead!

  • January 10 for international experiences beginning in Spring term (April - June)
  • April 1  for international experiences beginning in Summer term (June - August)
  • June 1 for international experiences beginning in Fall term (Sept - Dec)
  • November 1 for international experiences beginning in Winter term (Jan - Mar)

Students MAY submit an application for an earlier deadline if their international plans are set, and they would like to be considered for an earlier award decision.

Occasional exceptions to this timetable will be made for opportunities that arise outside the timeframe indicated above.

Applicants will be notified of awards within six weeks of the application deadline.


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