LGBT Funds/Awards

Norm Roberston Student Prize

The Norm Roberston Student Prize of $250 is intended to recognize and spotlight students who have completed outstanding projects of either scholarly research or artistic production/performance that advance communal awareness of issues related to the history, experience, or accomplishments of U.S. and non-U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender (LGBT) persons. The Robertson prize is co-sponsored by Oberlin Lambda Alumni (OLA) and the Committee on Diversity and Equity. A subcommittee of the Committee on Diversity and Equity oversees the awarding of the prize.

For more info or questions please contact aphung@oberlin.eduApplications, including a copy of the project, should be submitted to Anna Phung, Wilder 208.

For more information, see the Robertson FAQ and the Robertson Evaluation Form.

Andy Cemelli '85 Student Research Grant

The Andy Cemelli '85 Student Research Grant, awarded in memory of Mr. Cemelli, provides up to $500 to support a proposed research project, performance, or acquire training in an area related to the experience or accomplishments of lesbian, gay, bisexual,queer, and/or transgendered people. The award could be used for travel to research sites, acquisition of reference sources, conference travel, performance production, etc. The prize is funded by the Oberlin Lambda Alumni and may be used during spring term, summer, or fall term of 2012-2013. The successful candidate must agree to produce some product (paper, performance, conference presentation, etc.) that relates to what has been learned or accomplished. Non-graduating recipients will present their work at the Oberlin Lambda Alumni meeting the following fall.

For more information or questions please contact Any student in good standing who wishes to apply for this funding should access the application on the MRC website. Application, faculty recommendation, and a project description must be typed and submitted to Lorena Espinoza either hard copy (Wilder 105) or by email by the following deadlines: Fall (December 5th) and Spring (May 12th).  Students may also submit applications throughout the year for for awards from $50-$500.

For more information, see the Cemelli Grant Poster.

Donald Downs ’62 and Richard Korb Fund

This is a new fund created to support the needs and activities of the LGBTQ community at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Students, faculty, and staff are eligible to apply. Grants will support projects including, but not limited to faculty development, scholarship assistance, research projects, conferences and symposia, film screenings, guest speakers, publications, outreach and education, recognition for exceptional contributions to LGBT life within the Oberlin community, relevant library and art acquisitions, physical resources, and emergency needs. While there is no maximum amount for each award, typically grants will range from $100-750.

Applicants should submit a detailed proposal and budget to the Downs/Korb Fund Grant Committee by email to Greg McGonigle at Proposals will be evaluated throught the year on a rolling basis. Please direct questions to Greg McGonigle at or to Anna Phung at