The Off-Campus Opportunities Fund (OCOF) is a common application for students seeking financial support for off-campus experiences (domestic and international). OCOF is predominantly for short-term programs when financial aid is less available. The fund consolidates the application and awarding process of four previously distinct grants offered through the following central units:
- Engaged Cornell: Community-Engaged Student Travel Grant Program
- Global Cornell: Undergraduate Student Travel Grants
- Global Learning: Global Encounters Scholarship
- Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) Student Funding
Students are asked to submit an online application, in which they identify the grants they are eligible to apply for (according to eligibility criteria displayed in Requirements). The initiative increases access to information and simplifies the application process for students, while allocating funding in a more efficient, inclusive and equitable way.
Students currently enrolled in any Cornell Commitment program (Cornell Tradition, Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholars, and Meinig Scholars) have access to funding through their program-related support accounts. Please see the Commitment website for funding application information and deadlines. Note that OCOF or any other additional funding should be included in your proposed Commitment budget.
*Any project that proposes student travel to an international destination deemed to be an elevated-risk destination by the International Travel Advisory & Response Team (ITART), must obtain ITART pre-travel approval per Policy 8.5. If applicable, we encourage you to contact email@example.com for a consultation early on in your planning to increase the likelihood of ITART approval.*