NOTE: Deadline for submissions extended to December 19, 2018 - APPLY NOW!

Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars are a prestigious group of women undergraduates of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. A rigorous selection process identifies high-achieving women engineers to become Clare Boothe Luce Scholars for up to a two-year period.

In close collaboration with their selected faculty mentors, Clare Luce Boothe Research Scholars conduct advanced-level research during summers and regular semesters. Throughout the program cycle, this mentorship is key; Scholars collaborate directly with faculty, research scientists, and grad students, dramatically enriching the academic value of their experience. All Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars also participate in the David and Lorraine Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium and in the Summer CHOICES program.

These fellowships are made possible through a Clare Boothe Luce Award granted by the Henry Luce Foundation. Please review the links to the right to learn more.

Clare Booth LuceAbout the Program

The Clare Boothe Luce Program seeks to increase the participation of women in the sciences and engineering at every level of higher education and to serve as a catalyst for colleges and universities to be proactive in their own efforts toward this goal.

The program is administered by the Henry Luce Foundation, and named after Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987). Regarded as the single largest private source of funding for women in science and engineering, since its inception in 1989 the program has made grants totaling more than $120 million to more than 150 different colleges and universities.

The program has awarded Lehigh University funding to provide fellowships for high-achieving undergraduate women in engineering. The award supports Lehigh University's Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars, and is administered by the Dean's Office of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Program Details

Students selected as Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars receive the following:

  • Full-time summer (10-week) fellowships of $450 per week;
  • Part-time (6-10 hours a week) academic year research grants of $2,000; and
  • Annual research accounts up to $1,500 for conference travel, lab fees, and supplies.

How to Apply

Individuals interested in becoming Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars must be academically high-achieving female students currently enrolled in a Lehigh undergraduate engineering program who meet the following criteria (as per grant guidelines):

  • Applicants must be citizens of the U.S.;
  • Applicants must be current third year students who plan to graduate in May 2020;
  • Applicants should not have specific future plans to attend medical school; and,
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater.

If you qualify, please submit the following materials to Brianne Lisk in the Dean's Office (electronic submissions preferred):

  1. A personal statement outlining your motivation to be a Clare Boothe Luce Scholar as well as future career goals.
  2. A letter of support from the faculty research supervisor stating commitment to mentoring the student and including description of:
    1. The research project the student will be working on;
    2. How this project relates to the student's career objectives; and,
    3. A short summary of the initial research plan.

Application Deadline: December 19, 2018


Clare Booth Luce Research Scholars

For more information regarding the Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Program at Lehigh, contact:

Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Program 
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
Packard Laboratory
19 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-6310

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