CAS Undergraduate Research Grant

CAS students engage in music, art and scientific research, for which there exist grants.


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.

Additional considerations: 

  • Previous recipients of the grant will not be considered for additional funds.
  • Fellowship funds should only be used in the summer and should be calculated at a rate of $12/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, Kelly Austin (

Applications online will include:

  • Title

  • 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:

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.

***For summer 2022, any projects involving international travel must be with a faculty-led trip that has been pre-approved. For information on pre-approved trips, please contact Associate Dean Kelly Austin at

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 2022 Projects is Friday, February 25, 2022.


Questions? E-mail: Associate Dean Kelly Austin at


Apply for the CAS UG Research Grant here