Experiential Learning Funds

The College of Forestry is pleased to offer undergraduate and graduate students experiential learning funds to allow for participation in domestic* programs or activities which support their College of Forestry education, professional development and/or leadership experience. This may include conferences, workshops and seminars or similar activities related to their area of study. Students enrolled in a CoF undergraduate major** or graduate program of study can apply for up to $500 in funding to assist with transportation, lodging and conference registration costs. Experiential learning awards are based on available program funding. Graduate student awards are limited to no more than two per term.


  1. Degree seeking, full-time College of Forestry students enrolled in fall, winter and spring terms.
    --Full-time status for undergraduate students is considered at least 12 credits (DPP students must be registered for at least 6 OSU credits)
    --Full-time status for graduate students is considered at least 9 credits.
    --Proposals for the summer period (July 1 – September 30) do not require full-time enrollment; but student must be enrolled for at least 3 credits to be considered for funding.
  2. Students from all OSU campuses are eligible to apply
  3. Students who have received other College of Forestry travel funds or grants for the same event/activity will not be considered for an Experiential Learning award.
  4. Students are eligible to receive one (1) Experiential Learning award per academic year (summer through spring).
  5. Graduate students who are seeking funding to attend a conference or convention must be presenting, either verbally or at a poster session, etc. However, this is not required for workshops or seminars where presentations are not possible/applicable.
  6. Please note that Experiential Learning Fund awards could impact financial aid. Student Resources & Engagement reports ELF awards to the Financial Aid office. Please contact Financial Aid office with questions.

You are encouraged to submit a propsal even if you have not yet been accepted to your program/activity or are not 100% sure you will participate. You are able to decline funds awarded to you, but late applications will not be accepted.

Post-award requirements:

  1. Students selected to receive funding are required to sign necessary travel funds agreements, waiver of liability forms, and discuss disbursement options with CoF Student Resources & Engagement.
  2. Students who receive Experiential Leaning funds will be required to:
    --Submit a written statement within one month of the end date of the event/activity that addresses how the experience was beneficial to your education and professional development.
    --Be willing to talk about your experiences with stakeholder groups, prospective students, and others members of the College.

How to apply:
For each participation period listed below, Student Resources & Engagement will announce a competitive proposal submission process and deadlines via an email to student ONID accounts. Complete and submit an Experiential Learning Program proposal form by the due date (see deadlines below). Incomplete, inaccurate, poorly developed, or late proposals will not be considered for funding. A sample budget is available here (xlsx).

Participation Period*** Proposal Submission Deadline
October 1 - December 31, 2021 September 3, 2021
January 1 - March 31, 2022 December 3, 2021
April 1 - June 30, 2022 March 11, 2022
July 1 - September 30, 2022 June 3, 2022


Submit your completed proposal form to the College of Forestry Student Services Office, 116D Peavy Forest Science Comlex or via email to Brooke Harrington by the appropriate deadline. Please stop by or call Student Services (116 Peavy Forest Science Comlex; 541-737-1594) if you have questions or need additional information.

*We are able to fund domestic experiences only; please work with the CoF International Programs Office for study abroad, faculty led programs, or international internships.
**We are sorry that students with minor in the College of Forestry are not eligible for this funding.
*** The participation date or first day of formal participation occurs during this period. Please note your experience may extend beyond this period; however proposal due dates are based on when the FIRST day of participation occurs.

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