Applications for 2019 will be accepted October 10, 2018 through January 27, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. 

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To Apply
If applying as a group, each applicant must submit an individual application.  All submissions must include:

  1. A four- to five-sentence abstract that gives a clear and concise description of the activity’s objectives, proposed methodology and anticipated results in layman’s terms.
  2. A description of the proposed activity in less than two pages.
  3. Total amount of funding requested and description of budget.  Include information on funding from other sources that will be used to support this research.
  4. A research start and end date.  All research is to be completed between mid-May and mid- August. No experiences taking place over winter break will be accepted.
  5. Mentor(s) name(s), contact information and location of where the activity will take place, and information about the intended partner organization (if applicable).
  6. Mentor support documentation.
    ·  Lehigh Major Advisor Mentor - Submits Major Advisor Evaluation form and letter of recommendation via email to Amanda Webb,
    ·  Lehigh Non-Major Advisor Mentor - Submits letter of recommendation and your major advisor must submit Major Advisor Evaluation form for via email to Amanda Webb,
    ·  External Mentor - Submits letter of recommendation, CV and contact information to the GELH Committee via email to Amanda Webb,

Evaluation Criteria
The principle criterion will be the potential of the proposed experiential learning activity to broaden and deepen the student’s knowledge of some aspect of health or of healthcare systems.  Clarity of the proposal and reasonableness of the proposed budget will be considered.  A cross-college faculty committee and representatives from Study Abroad and the International Review Board (IRB) will meet within one month after the deadline for submission to review applications.  Based on the recommendation of the review panel, the selected awardees will be notified immediately afterwards by the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs.  Grant recipients will receive an award letter outlining the terms and conditions of the grant fellowship.  Both the student(s) and the mentor(s) will be required to sign the letter and return to the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs by the specified deadline.

Expenditures and Grant Management
Students who receive awards will be required to attend one of two group meetings with the Interdisciplinary Program staff who will outline the rules and requirements for the fellowship and expense reimbursements. It is the responsibility of the awardee and the mentor to assure that the funds are spent in accordance with the proposed budget and objectives and all receipts and requests for reimbursements must be submitted within 30 days of research completion.  If the funds are being used as a stipend, the mentor must confirm hours worked with the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs.  Funds remaining at the end of the award period will revert to the grant program.  All funds must be used within six months of issue.  Examples of reimbursable items are travel, immunizations, medicines, living expenses.  You may also use funds to purchase computers and software, however, those items become the property of Lehigh once the experience is complete.  Personal items, such as clothing and shoes, cannot be reimbursed.

Progress Updates and Deliverable Presentations
All grant recipients are required to provide a total of three deliverables:

  1. A brief mid-research project update with photographs/video if available. This update should be no more than 2-3 paragraphs.
  2. A final reflection and a brief report with expense summary and photographs/videos if available.
  3. Participation in a symposium with and presentation of deliverable - a symposium will be held during the fall semester and students will be asked to present their project to the committee, faculty, staff, mentors and fellow students. Students are expected to attend the symposium for the duration.  If the student is unable to attend the GELH fall symposium, it is the student’s responsibility to find a symposium in which to present and to notify Amanda Webb,, of date, time and location.  The faculty mentor must sign off on your deliverable and symposium you presented at. Please be advised that Lehigh reserves the right to use student proposals, photographs and deliverables on their websites for promotional materials as well as guidelines for future grant recipients.

Contact Information
Questions and requests for additional information should be directed to Amanda Webb, Office of Interdisciplinary Programs, College of Arts and Sciences, 31 Williams Hall, Room 101; phone 610-758-4745; e-mail

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