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Graduate Fellowships

Many organizations and government agencies offer fellowships for graduate students. These programs are extremely competitive but worth pursuing. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has resources to help in this process. Find links to proposal writing guides here and email the office at

Below is a selected list of graduate fellowships. You can also check the webpage of the Office of Fellowship Advising here

Fellowship Discipline Description
Africa and Africana Studies Dissertation Fellowship Social Sciences/ Humanities Through Boston College, residential dissertation fellowships. Any discipline in the Social Sciences or Humanities, with projects focusing on any topic within African and/or African Diaspora Studies
Center for Engaged Scholarship Social Sciences Open to social science graduate students including psychology and history. Social science or history Ph.D. program or in an interdisciplinary program with a substantial social science component.
Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Social Sciences/ Humanities Funding dissertations on religion and ethics.
Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship Child Psychology One year support for graduate students in child psychology.
Doris Duke Fellowships for Child Well-Being   Up to two year fellowships to support dissertation writing and provide a peer network.
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships All Supports dissertations in a wide variety of disciplines with the goal of increasing the ethnic and racial diversity.
The McNeil Center for Early American Studies Dissertation Fellowship Program Social Sciences/ Humanities Fellowships open to scholars in any discipline for projects focusing on North America and the Caribbean before 1850. At the McNeil Center in Philadelphia.
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship Social Sciences/ Humanities For advanced graduate students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing.
National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Fellowship Social Sciences/ Humanities Although the dissertation topic must centrally concern education, graduate study may be in any academic discipline or professional field. Fellowships have been awarded to candidates in anthropology, architecture, art history, communications, economics, education, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, public health, religion, and sociology. Eligibility is not restricted to these academic areas.
NIH Individual Fellowships All Targeting promising graduate students pursuing health related research.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship STEM fields and STEM Education Open to graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education.The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States.
Pasteur PHD Partners Fellowships STEM With support from the National Science Foundation, Lehigh University’s innovative Pasteur PhD Partners (P3) Fellowship provides fresh thinking and a new approach to the ecosystem of support and resources around talented young minds pursuing doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Social Science Research Council Social Sciences International Dissertation Research Fellowship for research on non-U.S. subjects.


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Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

Strohl Undergraduate Research Grants
* *  Fall 2022 Deadline: Friday, October 7 by 5:00 PM * * 


Made possible by a generous gift from Dale S. Strohl ’58, the Office of the Vice Provost 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. Proposed research projects must be independent and outside the requirements of a Lehigh-led study abroad experience, summer course, or other formalized experience. Undergraduate Research Grants may fund up to $3,000 during the academic year and $5,000 during the Summer. Strohl awards can be combined with funding from other sources (i.e., from faculty advisors, department chairs, center directors, etc.). 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, and participate in the student poster symposium held annually in the Fall.


Applications online will include:

  • Title
  • Abstract (a brief statement that describes the project)
  • 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.
  • Description of final product. Final product can be a research paper or report, a publication, a conference presentation or poster, art exhibit, etc
  • Student’s background and qualifications for the proposed project.
  • Project Faculty Advisor – Statement of recommendation by the project's faculty advisor
  • Completed ITAC form for projects involving international travel.

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 Travel

Should your proposal involve international travel

  • Include a $50 registration fee in your budget for trips up to 6 weeks
  • Include a $100 registration fee in your budget for trips longer than 6 weeks

This registration enrolls you in the Lehigh University Student International Services and Insurance Program.

Additional Resources:

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Opportunities from other Campus Departments:

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.  We encourage you to contact your faculty advisors and coordinators for opportunities in your department and college.

Additional research and travel funding opportunities can be found here:

Interdisciplinary Programs Resources Page

Creative Inquiry + Mountaintop Travel Grant Page


Grant/Award/Prize College Student Description
bLUeprint Grants Any UG/GR The bLUeprint Grants have been established to encourage faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students to develop programs that will enrich and expand student learning opportunities to promote student success.
Campbell Prize CAS/CBE UG/GR Prizes of $1000 each awarded to papers in the social sciences
Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars RCEAS UG Funds and recognizes women undergraduates of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science who conduct advanced level research
CAS Undergraduate Research Grants CAS/CBE UG 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. Grants will normally fall into a range from $500 to $5,000
Experiential Learning in Health (GELH) CAS UG Grant funds available to first years, sophomore and junior undergraduate students to support experiential learning activities in health, up to $5,000
Iacocca International Internships Any UG Aims to provide students with high quality learning experiences that will enable them to develop both professionally and personally.
Kachel Prize for student writing CAS UG Six awards are given each year, four by the Department of Journalism and two by the Department of English.
Office of Fellowship Advising: Research Scholarships Any UG/GR The Office of Fellowship Advising helps Lehigh students, recent graduates, faculty and staff apply for nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships.
Sustainable Initiative Grant Any UG/GR $2,000 will be awarded to students, faculty, and staff to facilitate green projects.
Williams Prize CAS UG/GR Prize of $200 to $1000 for outstanding work in writing and performance.