OCLC grant cycles occur twice a year, with deadlines in the spring and fall.
The purpose of the awards is to:

  • improve the coordination among courses from different programs and departments that focus on particular international topics;
  • encourage the integration of languages other than English in courses traditionally taught in English; and
  • support programming around topics of international interest with significant and multiple tie-ins with concurrently taught courses;
  • foster closer integration between programming and the curriculum in order to enhance the educational impact, and increase the audience, of speakers, films, across and within departments.

To this end, the OCLC supports projects that fall within one or all of three broad categories:

  1. Curriculum development projects that establish, or take advantage of, meaningful connections around topics of international scope between two or more courses taught during the same semester in different departments, programs, or divisions (including the Conservatory) and/or the Allen Memorial Art Museum. This may include courses dealing with the same part of the world, or courses that focus on particular social, historical or cultural phenomena occurring in different regions. Connections between courses and Winter Term projects are also encouraged.  
  2. Curriculum development projects that integrate the use of languages other than English in courses traditionally taught in English. This integration may range from using languages other than English as the main language of instruction, to the creation of extra sessions taught in different languages, or making it possible for students to use their existing language competencies in research projects.
  3. Projects that create programming around topics of international scope, and which is directly tied in with at least two, but ideally more, courses taught concurrently. The proposed programming should be included in the course syllabi, with obligatory attendance for enrolled students.

Please contact our office for proposals and an application form.

All teaching members of the General Faculty of Oberlin College with continuing appointments are eligible to apply. Faculty on sabbatical leave may apply for an award to be used during the leave period, if the project to be funded conforms to the requirements stated above.

Individuals who received OCLC grants or other internal grants in previous competitions are eligible to apply, providing reports on all previous projects have been submitted to the Grants Office.

Estimated budgets should be as precise as possible and itemized. For faculty travel the grant will not provide more than $100 per day for housing and meal costs combined. Funds cannot be used to purchase equipment.

Awards involving a single course or faculty member typically will not exceed $1,000. Awards may be higher for projects involving multiple courses and faculty.

In keeping with Oberlin College policy, approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) must be received for all projects involving the use of vertebrates.

All projects involving the use of human subjects must adhere to the college’s policies regarding the use of human subjects as determined by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

IACUC/IRB approval does not need to be included with the application, but must be received before any work involving vertebrates or data collection on human subjects can begin.

Confirmation of IACUC/IRB approval must be submitted to the Grants Office.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss ideas with OCLC Director Chris Trinacty before submitting a proposal.

Applications for projects occurring between December 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020 are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2019 and should be submitted via email to ctrinact@oberlin.edu .

Proposals should be double spaced and submitted in a standard 10- or 12-point font. Applications will be reviewed by the OCLC steering committee in consultation with EPPC and EPC.

The OCLC has a strong preference for projects enhancing courses that are taught on a regular basis, rather than one-time, special courses that may not count toward a major or minor, or that make it harder for faculty to cover their normal teaching duties. Grant recipients commit to offering enhanced courses at least two times in the next five or six academic years.

Similarly, applicants are encouraged to fold their projects into existing programming patterns (conferences, lecture series, festivals). The purpose of this grant is not to create additional programming but to make existing programming less fragmented and more pedagogically effective.

Projects eligible for funding may include, for instance three courses that are regularly taught in different departments that focus on the same country, region, time period, or topic but approach it from different disciplinary perspectives. In that case, funding might be requested to facilitate meetings among the faculty in charge, to adapt syllabi to include projects involving students from all three classes, but also to invite one or more speakers for students from all three classes, or organize a collective event or exhibit around the areas of contact or overlap.

For this round, the OCLC is especially (but not exclusively) interested in projects related to the theme of Time, the theme of the Allen Memorial Art Museum for 2017-18.

Grant funding will be awarded on a competitive basis and may be used for summer curriculum development, travel, meetings, and/or programming costs (including travel, lodging, honoraria, meals for outside visitors). All applications must specify the educational goals of the project and plans for evaluating whether those goals have been reached.