International Research Grants

All currently enrolled Appalachian undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing are eligible to apply for an International Research Grant of up to $1500. The purpose of these grants are to support student research or creative endeavors that have an international and/or global focus. This grant is supported in part by the Office of International Education and Development (OIED).

The International Student Research Grant is designed to fund costs associated with outside the classroom, Faculty-mentored, student-based research projects or creative endeavors which involve International travel and also address global learning. For example, projects may address the following:

  • Analyzing a current issue from multiple cultural perspectives
  • Investigating ethical or moral questions that are associated with different cultures

Grant requests are for funding to travel internationally (please read over the funding section) to collect research. OSR cannot fund research grant proposals for travel expenses involving conducting/collecting research when the project is required for course credit or graduation, present or in the future. This would include Honors Thesis, Capstones, and Masters Thesis, etc. The final outcome with this grant is the same as the other OSR grants in that they allow students and faculty mentors to disseminate original research and result in a final product (presentation, exhibit, publication).

Important Note: Appalachian State University and OSR cannot fund travel to any countries or areas with U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings. For more information, please see the link to the Alerts and Warnings page. If you have questions about this information, please contact the Director of Education Abroad, Christopher Lytle in the Office of International Education and Development at 828-262-2046.

The International Research Grant is NOT designed to cover the following:

  • Costs associated with class projects, class assignments or any activities that area associated with a traditional "in the classroom" course
  • Supplemental funding for study abroad trips, student teaching or internships
  • Food and beverage expenses (other than per diem meal rates while traveling to conduct research) and gift certificate/gift card purchase
  • Travel to conferences (see OSR Travel Grants)
  • Mturk payments

Students who expect to incur travel expenses related to presenting their research, are encourage to also apply for a Travel Grant.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am in good academic standing?

  • Students that are currently (in the semester applying) NOT on academic probation are considered in good academic standing.
  • Faculty mentors can use their discretion as to whether they will engage in research with a student who has not done well academically. A strong academic background will assist the student in the research process.

Can I apply for another OSR related grant along with the International grant?

  • Students CAN apply for another OSR related grant at the same time as the International Grant. For example, the International Grant is large enough to support the travel to perform the project and the OSR Research grant can support the equipment or supplies necessary to conduct the project.

Can I use this grant to fund my travel to a conference?

  • No, the OSR Research Grant is for research supplies or related expenses.
  • Students who expect to incur travel expenses related to presenting their research, are encouraged to also apply for a Travel Grant.

Grant Requirements

In order to justify awarding this research grant, the Office of Student Research must have a descriptive Project Title and a detailed Project Description and Budget Justification. Projects should be discussed and reviewed with the faculty mentor prior to submission. The following are some suggestions for your proposal preparation:

  1. Discuss and design the proposed research project with your Faculty mentor.
  2. Determine the specific aims, goals or objectives.
  3. Establish the appropriate study design or methods.
  4. Decide on the materials needed for the project and obtain specifics regarding cost for each item.
  5. Explain the purpose of the requested items as they relate to the research question and methods.
  6. If applicable, prepare the appropriate IRB (working with human participants) or IACUC (working with animals) documentation. Please see the website for further information regarding Research Protections.

Students are strongly encouraged to be informed travelers. Please visit the website to learn about important facts about the country you plan to visit (e.g., Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements; Safety and Security; and Health).

To Apply

At this time, please do NOT complete these forms from your cell phone. The OSR website is undergoing changes to become more mobile device friendly.

  1. Have your faculty mentor (the faculty member who has mentored your research) complete the Online Faculty Recommendation Form. All Faculty Recommendations MUST be submitted using the online - forms will not be accepted through campus mail, email, fax or at the office.
  2. If applicable, determine the need for IRB,  IACUC or IBC approval, as funds cannot be awarded until approval has been submitted to the Office of Student Research. If approved please indicate the protocol number on your application. If your project includes flying Unmanned Aircraft Systems (i.e., drones), please be aware that Appalachian has a process to get permission to fly them on campus.  If you are flying them off campus, it is important to make sure you are aware of FAA laws and North Carolina  requirements about the use of UAS.
  3. Submit the International Student Research Grant application.

The annual deadline for the International Research Grant was Friday, November 9, 2018 at midnight.  Pending funding approval, a fall 2019 deadline will be posted in early October.


  • All International Student Research Grants are awarded as reimbursements, AFTER the trip has occurred, and all receipts have been submitted - NO money is advanced prior to traveling. Departmental P cards cannot be used for any awarded OSR funding.
  • All travel authorizations and reimbursements are administered through the home academic department of the awarded student's Faculty Mentor. Awarded students must complete their travel authorization prior to leaving.
  • Original receipts or invoices will be required for reimbursement and all receipts must reflect a zero balance and be in the student's name. Faculty cannot be reimbursed for expenses claimed on any OSR grant application. P card charges made within a department cannot be claimed or reimbursed from OSR funding.
  • Receipts must be not be more than thirty days old and must reflect charges made after official grant award date.
  • All ASU Policies and Procedures must be adhered to when spending awarded grant monies. Any non-approved expenditures will be the sole responsibility of the student.

Grant Recipient Requirements

  • If possible, students should present their work at the Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors at Appalachian. This event is held every Spring semester.
  • Grantees are asked to acknowledge the Office of Student Research on any presentations or publications that result from the research conducted through the grant.

Award Notifications

The annual deadline for the International Research Grant was Friday, November 9, 2018. Pending funding approval, a fall 2019 deadline will be posted in early October.