Huntington International Fellowship

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The Huntington National Bank pledged over $300,000 to The Ohio State University Campaign in the form of an endowed fund to benefit undergraduate humanities students interested in international business and world languages. Applications for the fellowship program are now available in the Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  This scholarship is offered each spring semester.

Due to current travel restrictions, any student award is subject to OIA permission to travel abroad.


This program is intended to permit students majoring in the humanities with interest and supporting work in international business and trade to spend an extended time abroad to enhance their fluency in the world language, their knowledge of the foreign culture, and their understanding of the workings and environment of international commerce.  The Huntington International Fellowship does require an academic component of intermediate to advanced language program study or coursework.


Students must:

  1. Be sophomores or juniors at The Ohio State University at the time of the application;
  2. Plan to travel by August 31st of the following calendar year;
  3. Have completed a minimum of the first two years (three semesters) of OSU world language study or its equivalent prior to the study abroad experience, and the study abroad experience must be targeted to the language of study at OSU.
  4. Be able to demonstrate serious interest in, commitment to, and involvement in, business, commerce, or industry.
  5. Study at Ohio State for at least one semester after the award trip completion.


Please email your completed application to Rebecca Bias:

Application deadline: Friday, February 9, 2024 
Announcement of awards: Friday, March 8, 2024

Application requirements include: a letter of application (to “Huntington International Fellows, c/o Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures, The Ohio State University') that contains a statement of purpose and describes the applicant's proposed program and two letters of recommendation (including at least one from a language professor). Personal interviews of finalists are required. These should be  one or twopdfs emailed to Rebecca Bias (bias,


Coordination and administration are provided by the OSU Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Working with the Center, representatives of The Huntington National Bank, the appropriate OSU world language department, the OSU Office of International Affairs, and others, the applicants will identify programs in the target country that will provide both linguistic and academic advancement as well as work or internship experiences in the formal commercial business environment. Courses taken in the target country MUST be in the target language including internship work. Preference is given to students studying language at the advanced level.


Awards of varying amounts, depending on total amount available in the account, may be used to cover travel, tuition, and living costs. Award amounts begin at $500.00.

For further information please contact Rebecca Bias (

Travel to Risk Designated Locations

University supported travel to risk designated locations requires review and may entail restrictions or stipulations.

Undergraduate Students

Ohio State scholarship or grant funding for travel to risk designated countries is available for use on approved education abroad programs listed in the Office of International Affairs (OIA) education abroad search engine or other university managed travel approved by the International Travel Policy Committee (ITPC).

Ohio State scholarship or grant funding for individual travel to countries with a specific risk designated region(s)requires review of the proposed itinerary relevant to the excluded regions. Funding for individual undergraduate travel is subject to ITPC review. Funding is restricted for travel to certain risk designated region(s).

The petition process factors academic rationale and an individual safety proposal into consideration. Petitions should be submitted at least 90-days in advance of travel and prior to utilization of university funding.

Travel Registration and Insurance Enrollment

Ohio State students using university scholarship or grant funding for individual travel to international locations are required to register their travel. Travel Registration includes completion of emergency response information, access to pre-departure health and safety modules and enrollment in the supplemental international insurance. The insurance includes specific coverage for medical care, medical evacuation, repatriation, and political security and natural disaster evacuation. There is a modest daily rate for the insurance enrollment that students should calculate into budget proposals for funding. Students participating in education abroad programming coordinated through OIA are already registered in the system and automatically enrolled in the supplemental international insurance.

These OIA Guidelines may apply to Register Other Travel.  Please review in advance.