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 students in the College of Arts & Sciences who are engaging in research. Funds for this award are generally used for research materials, lab materials, travel costs associated with data collection, and other expenses related to research. These funds can also be used as fellowship stipends for summer research. Grants will normally fall into a range from $500 to $2,000 during the academic year. Summer research funding is typically higher, up to $5000.

Students in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics are encouraged to apply. Funded projects are expected to involve a student doing independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. 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 project.

Additional considerations: 

  • You can only receive 1 CAS Undergraduate Research grant or Strohl Award per academic year (September through August).
  • Fellowship funds are only available for summer and should be calculated at a rate of $12/hour. 
  • Research should be completed before you graduate. When the project is finished, the grant recipient will submit a brief report on the results of the project to CAS Associate Dean Jessecae Marsh (
  • Each fall, students will be asked to present the research funded by this mechanism at an Undergraduate Poster Symposium. If you are a Senior and will graduate before next fall, you will not be responsible for presenting. 
  • If your project involves international travel, please contact the Study Abroad Office at to develop a travel plan.
  • Members of group or collaborative projects should prepare ONE application together. This application should outline the overall project and have separate sections for each student involved describing 1) Their specific contribution to the project, 2) The relevance of the project to their educational goals, and 3) Their background and qualifications for the proposed project. Each student requesting funding must submit this application separately with their own budget.

Applications online will include:

  • Title
  • Abstract (a brief statement that describes the project in 3 to 4 sentences)
  • Faculty advisor contact information 
  • Detailed proposal. The proposal should be no more than 1,000 words, which includes the objective and approach of the proposed activity, the relevance to the student’s educational goals, and a timeline for completion.
  • Detailed budget. Please indicate if you have submitted this proposal at additional funding sources (e.g., Eckardt funding), or if you have additional funding already awarded for this project. Please include $40 for a poster printing fee for the Undergraduate Poster Symposium.
  • 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 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.

Undergraduate Research involving Animals or Human Subjects:

Students who plan to use animals or human subjects in their research must also include a description of appropriate safeguards and receive Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval as appropriate. If your proposal calls for IACUC or IRB approval, our office will need documentation of the 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 Integrity ( or

Proposal Deadline = March 8th, 2023 for Summer 2023 Projects.

Questions? E-mail: Associate Dean Jessecae Marsh (