Every winter term project must have an on-campus sponsor.

Faculty members and Administrative and Professional Staff (A&PS) may sponsor projects. The basic duties of project sponsors are to provide guidance on project planning, support student learning, and submit a grade for each sponsored student.

A&PS members who have not previously sponsored a project need to complete the A&PS Sponsorship Approval Form with their supervisor and submit it to Jessica Lear in the Office of the Registrar.

Specific duties for sponsors who lead group projects and for sponsors of student-led independent projects are shown below.

Winter Term 2021 Call for Proposals

Dear Colleagues,

The Winter Term Office would like to wish you all well during this challenging time. We know that now, more than ever, there are significant demands on your time, pulling you in multiple directions. But we write today in the spirit of collective imagining, to offer an opportunity to think ahead to a time when we will all be able to join together on campus once again and celebrate what makes our academic community so unique.

In the link below, please find the Winter Term 2021 group project proposal form and funding request.  Please use the Firefox browser to access this site:

WT2020 Group Project Proposal Form

In addition to funding offered by the Winter Term Office, faculty who are designing new projects may request Curriculum Development Grant funding, via Blackboard. For additional information about the Curriculum Development Grant, please contact Tania Boster (tboster@oberlin.edu) and Laura Baudot (lbaudot@oberlin.edu).

As we all become accustomed to the current level of uncertainty, one of the things that remains unchanged is our commitment to educating students for lives of meaning. The Winter Term Office is eager to assist you in this endeavor, through all stages of project conceptualization, planning, and implementation. Please let us know if you would like to converse about your project ideas and we can talk with you via email, phone, or zoom.

We look forward to working with you to create a Winter Term experience that will be a treasured part of the 2020-21 academic year.


All the best, 

Deanna Bergdorf

Winter Term Director


The Office of Winter Term is now accepting Winter Term Group Project Proposals.  The deadline to submit a proposal is May 15th, 2020.

Faculty and A&PS who wish to lead group projects are responsible for:

  • Submitting project and funding proposals in late spring
  • Establishing and publicizing the project
  • Overseeing project finances
  • Supporting students in reaching clearly defined learning goals
  • Submitting a report to the Winter Term Committee following project completion
  • Reporting each student’s grade [completed (Y) or not completed (N)] in Banner
  • Submitting receipts and final budget reconciliation to the Office of Winter Term, if your project received funding

Current group project sponsors with questions about navigating the application portal should contact wterm@oberlin.edu for assistance.

Faculty and A&PS who agree to serve as individual project sponsors will:

  • Work with students to determine appropriate project scope, identify materials and resources necessary for completing the project, and clearly define learning goals
  • Provide students with guidance on project assessment and evaluation processes
  • Meet with students prior to submitting the online sponsorship approval form, which is sent automatically from the students’ completed applications. Should you receive a proposal from a student who has not previously contacted you, please redirect the student to the winter term office via email to wterm@oberlin.edu
  • Report each student’s grade [completed (Y) or not completed (N)] in Banner

Current individual project sponsors with questions about navigating the application portal should contact wterm@oberlin.edu for assistance.