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Skidmore College
Associate Dean of the Faculty for Student Academic Affairs

 Student Opportunity Funds


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, 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. Teams of students proposing a collaborative project may be eligible for additional funding.

For guidance on the project description, the budget, arts projects (if relevant), and research involving human subjects or vertebrate animals, see these application details. Please also read this document on criteria and procedures for further details. 

Application checklist:


Fall 2022
Round I, Monday, October 10
Round II, Monday, November 7

Spring 2023
Monday, February 27

Submission: send all materials to