Individual projects require an online written registration application, a final report, and a positive assessment of the project by the sponsor. All winter-term projects undertaken must have an on-campus sponsor. Faculty members and, under some circumstances, members of the administrative and professional staff, may serve as project sponsors.

Finding a suitable sponsor is largely a matter of matching student and faculty or staff member interests. Students may design their own projects and or seek guidance from their sponsor, who will help plan a project that is academically relevant, rigorous, experiential, and educationally rewarding.

Individual Project Grants

The Winter Term Committee annually awards a limited number of grants for individual student projects. The range for each grant will be $200-$400. Individual grants are satisfied as reimbursements and not paid in advance. The application deadline is Friday, October 27, 2017, and funding decisions will be announced by mid-November. Individual Grant Acceptance Forms and Individual Project Proposal Forms are due to sponsors on December 1, 2017.

Priority will be given to individual grant proposals that request funds to defray such unusual expenses as fees for renting equipment or costs for special materials to complete the project. Requests for support of travel costs will also be considered. An individual grant may not be applied to customary tuition costs, such as for student-taught secondary applied music lessons.

Project expenses are reimbursed only after the project has been completed and the required, final winter-term grant report has been submitted to the winter term office in Peters Hall 205. It is imperative that grant recipients keep a formal reckoning of their expenses; accompanied by original, itemized receipts (for the total amount of the granted funds), plus currency conversion rates where necessary, on the dates expenses are incurred. Please do not submit receipts to the Office of the Controller.

 Things to note:
  1. Projects involving interviews, surveys, etc. may require approval from the Oberlin College Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to the start date. Information on the IRB application process can be obtained from the IRB website.
  2. Students planning to travel to a country with a State Department Travel Warning for any college-sponsored activity in which either Oberlin College credit is earned, Oberlin funding is used, or transfer credit is applied toward a degree must be granted a waiver to the Travel Warning Policy.  Please see details on the policy and the waiver process . Countries currently on the Travel Warning list are posted at Travel.State.Gov .
  3. Students who wish to be considered for funding based on financial need should check the appropriate box on the grant application form .  By checking this box you have given the Winter Term Committee authorization to discuss your financial need with the Office of Financial Aid.