CAS Undergraduate Research Grant
The College of Arts and Sciences offers funding to encourage students to engage in independent inquiry, artistic creation, and scholarship, under faculty supervision. These grants are intended to enhance opportunities for undergraduate research in the college. Funds for this award are generally used for research materials, lab materials, travel costs associated with data collection, other expenses related to research or experiential learning such as fellowship stipends for summer research. Grants will normally fall into a range from $500 to $5,000.
These grants are designed to increase undergraduate research and creative inquiry in our college. Students in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics are encouraged to apply. Grant applications require a faculty advisor's support and endorsement. Students are expected to consult with the faculty advisor on the project when drafting the proposal and throughout the (funded) project.
- Previous recipients of the grant will not be considered for additional funds.
- These funds cannot be used on credit-bearing activities.
- Fellowship funds should only be used in the summer and should be calculated at a rate of $10/hour.
- Research should be completed within one year of receipt of the award. The grant recipient will then submit a brief report on the results of the project to the CAS Associate Dean facilitating the grant.
Applications online will include:
Abstract (a brief statement that describes the project)
Faculty Advisor contact information
Detailed proposal (up to 1,000 words, which includes the objective and approach of the proposed activity, the relevance to the student’s educational goals, and a time-line for completion.)
Detailed Budget (please also indicate if you have submitted this proposal at additional funding sources, or if you have additional funded activities during the timeframe of the project).
Student’s background and qualifications for the proposed project
Statement of endorsement by the project's faculty advisor
Research will be conducted in accordance with procedures and safeguards normally associated with work in the discipline. Faculty supervisors, as part of the normal pedagogical relationship, will provide guidance on university and professional standards, regulations, and policies.
Undergraduate Research involving International Travel:
** No projects involving international travel are being considered for summer.
** Research projects that propose international travel for fall 2021 may be considered, however you must provide a contingency plan for how the project may be completed if travel is not an option during the fall semester.
Should your proposal involve international travel, please include the ~$50 registration fee administered by the Office of International Affairs/Study Abroad (OIA) as part of your budget. This registration enrolls you in the Lehigh University Student International Services and Insurance Program.
No grant that includes international travel will be approved unless the proposal, and further required documentation, has been reviewed by the Director of OIA, who may seek guidance from the International Travel Advisory Committee (ITAC). Neither the Director of OIA nor ITAC is equipped with the resources to evaluate third party organizations and partners, the quality and safety of at site logistics and arrangements, or the general viability/workability of programs and conditions at site. Once you are notified of your award, you must contact Jodeen Gemmel (jmg208@Lehigh.edu) in OIA.
Undergraduate Research involving Animals or Human Subjects:
Students who plan to use laboratory animals or human subjects in their research must also include a description of appropriate safeguards and receive IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval. If your proposal calls for IRB approval, our office will need documentation of hte approval before we are able to release grant funding to you. Faculty advisors will assist with guidelines that can be found on the web page of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
Proposal Deadline for Summer/Fall 2021 Projects is Friday, April 9, 2021.
Questions? E-mail: Jenny Chao at firstname.lastname@example.org