Conservatory Professional Development

Internal Funding Opportunities

A wide range of internally sourced grants are open to Conservatory students.

XARTs Fund: Oberlin’s XARTs Fund supports the development and execution of collaborative, multidisciplinary artistic projects to be implemented during winter term or the summer. All students are eligible to apply for support up to $4,000.

Flint Initiative Grants (FIGs): FIGs provide Conservatory, Double Degree, and Musical Studies students up to $4,000 to pursue imaginative artistic projects to be implemented during winter term.

Winter Term Individual Project Grants: The Winter Term Committee annually awards a limited number of grants for individual student projects. Awards range from $200-$400.

1835 Fund: Utilizing the idea of access and opportunity, Oberlin Alumni endowed the 1835 Fund, which is structured to assist African American students as they partake in career development activity during winter term.

Career Development Center Summer Experience Grants: Oberlin’s Career Development Center offers a range of funding opportunities for summer experiences. The funding is intended to offset expenses related to an internship, community service, or pre-professional activity.

Shansi Grants: Oberlin Shansi promotes understanding and communication between Asians and Americans through individual and group educational programs and community projects. Oberlin Shansi provides a range of grants to support educational activities in Asia.

Bonner Center for Community-Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Research: Oberlin’s Bonner Center funds a small number of group and individual community service projects each year in Oberlin and beyond. Grants are typically awarded to projects that address real community needs, particularly those that will offer long-term benefits for communities and collaborating organizations.

Ignition Fund: The Ignition Fund awards up to $1,500 to support students exploring an idea or venture. The fund is ideal for students with early-stage and conceptual ideas, and a recommended means of developing an application for LaunchU.

LaunchU: LaunchU is a two-week venture incubator designed to accelerate the development and launch of Oberlin student, alumni, faculty, and staff entrepreneurs. It culminates in a public pitch competition with a grand prize of $50,000 in investment capital.

Visit the Fellowships and Awards site if you are interested in applying for nationally competitive fellowship programs.