GELH Applications - TBD (Spring 2023)

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 project start and end date. All research is to be completed between mid-May and mid- August. No experiences taking place over winter or spring breaks will be accepted.
  5. A description of your deliverable or what you hope/plan to achieve at the end of your research or experiential activity.
  6. Mentor(s) name(s), contact information and location of where the activity will take place, and information about the intended partner organization (if applicable).
  7. Two letters of recommendation, as outlined above, requested through the InfoReady Review system.

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 via the InfoReady Review system. Grant recipients will receive an award letter outlining the terms and conditions of the grant fellowship that must be signed and returned.

Expenditures and Grant Management

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. Funds remaining at the end of the award period will revert to the grant program. All funds must be spent by the end of the summer and all reimbursement must be complete by September. Hardware items become the property of Lehigh once the experience is complete. Personal items, vaccines and immunizations are not reimbursed. Housing is covered for international travel. For US based experiences, a stipend would be used to cover living expenses.

Progress Updates and Deliverable Presentations

  • A final reflection and a brief report and photographs/videos if available.
  • Participation in a symposium with and presentation of your deliverable (what you achieved). A symposium will be held during the following 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 Nick Pesarcik ( of date, time and location. The faculty mentor must sign off on your alternative symposium. 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 Jessecae Marsh (


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