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.

Grindlay Fund:  The Grindlay Music & Computer Science Innovation Fund supports the development and execution of projects that bring together music and sound with computer science or technological innovation. The fund is open to students in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music. All students are eligible to apply for support up to $2,000.

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.

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.

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.