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Skidmore College
Associate Dean of the Faculty for Student Academic Affairs

Student Opportunity Project Funds

Students engaged in research

Opportunity Project Application

Student Opportunity Funds are provided by generous friends and alumni of Skidmore College. The funds offer grants in support of student academic initiatives. Grants may be used to defray the cost of research materials and supplies, for travel to a research site critical to the project's completion, for preparing project results for publication or display, or for purchasing materials needed for a creative project. 

Student Opportunity Funds are not granted to cover or defray costs that are not directly related to the development and completion of a project. Below is a list of some of the activities that the Student Opportunity Funds Committee will not fund:

  • Food purchases
  • Gas costs for local travel
  • Submission fees to journals or subventions to publishers
  • Learning a technique or procedure that is not necessary to complete a specific research project or creative endeavor

Student Opportunity Funds are, in short, designed to give students the support they need to start a project (i.e., seed money) and move that project to completion.

Grant amounts are typically $200-$500 and depend on the availability of funds each semester.  The Student Opportunity Funds Committee may grant partial awards in some instances because of budgetary constraints, a student's failure to justify certain expenses, or questions the committee may have about whether some of the proposed activities are necessary to advance the student's project. (Please use the "Student Travel to Present" form if you are presenting research and creative projects at a conference or other professional meeting).  


Fall 2021
Round I, Monday, October 11
Round II, Monday, November 8

Spring 2022
TBD (One Due Date Only)