Strohl Grants


Awards for
Research Excellence
in Humanities and Social Sciences

Made possible by a generous gift from Dale S. Strohl ’58, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the College of Arts and Sciences offers funding to encourage students to engage in independent inquiry, artistic creation, and scholarship, under faculty supervision. The Dale S. Strohl ’58 Awards support research in the Humanities and Social Sciences for students working with any Lehigh faculty member. These grants are intended to expand the experiences, perspectives, and skills of our students through involvement in research. Travel, research supplies and other valid expenses may be reimbursed up to the limit of an individual grant. Undergraduate Research Grants may fund up to $3,000 and, if possible, should be combined with funding from other sources (i.e., from faculty advisors, department chairs, center directors…). Senior Thesis Grants are open to current juniors and seniors and may fund up to $5,000. 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.
All application materials must be received by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies by 5:00 p.m. EST on October 7, 2016.
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.  (Please have your advisor submit their statement separately to
  • 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.
Research Compliance:
As with all research conducted at Lehigh, conduct of research must adhere to University policies, including those pertaining to human subjects, vertebrate animals, and hazardous materials. Faculty supervisors, as part of the normal pedagogical relationship, will provide guidance on university and professional standards, regulations, and policies. Please see research policies located on the Research Integrity website:
Undergraduate Research involving International Travel:
Should your proposal involve international travel, please include the ~$50 registration fee administered by the Office of International Programs/Study Abroad (OIP) 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 OIP, who may seek guidance from the International Travel Advisory Committee (ITAC). Neither the Director of OIP 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 Janet Zapata ( in Study Abroad ASAP to arrange a review of your proposed travel plan for ITAC approval.
Questions: Please email
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