Undergraduate Research Grant

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

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. Travel, research supplies and other valid expenses may be reimbursed up to the limit of an individual grant. Grants will normally fall into a range from $100 to $1,500 and, if possible, should be combined with funding from other sources (i.e., from faculty advisors, department chairs, center directors…). 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 Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. Previous recipients of the grant will not be considered for additional funds.

Applications online will include:
  • Title
  • Abstract (a brief statement that describes the project)
  • Faculty Advisor
  • 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.)
  • Budget (including any additional sources of funding.)
  • 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:

* As of March 18, 2020, research projects that propose some form of travel (e.g. to conferences, for data collection) will still be considered, however we ask that you provide a contingency plan for how the project may be completed if travel is not an option in the next 6 months.
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.  Fall awardees need to contact OIA by November 15th and Spring awardees by March 20th to arrange a review of your proposed plan for final grant approval.

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.

EXTENDED: Proposal Deadlines for the Summer/Fall 2020 Projects Due Friday, April 3, 2020.


Questions? E-mail: Jenny Chao at jcc410@lehigh.edu


Apply for the UG Research Grant Here