Supporting Lehigh University women engineers

Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) 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 CBL Research Scholars for up to a two-year period.

These fellowships are made possible through an Award granted by the Henry Luce Foundation and administered by the Rossin College Dean's Office.

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Requirements and time commitment

To qualify, women engineering students must fulfill the following criteria:

  • hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residence status;
  • maintain a GPA of at least 3.3; and,
  • be enrolled in the Rossin College. (Students planning on transferring into the Rossin College may be considered on an individual basis.)

A Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholarship is a two-year commitment to work with a faculty mentor to support and conduct research. Students accepted into the program are expected to support a full-time, 10-week research commitment over the two summers of the appointment, including participation in the Rossin College's CHOICES camp. CBL Research Scholars also conduct 6-10 hours of research work per week during the academic year, and participate in the College's David and Lorraine Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium.

In close collaboration with their selected faculty mentors, CBL Research Scholars conduct advanced-level research during summers and regular semesters. If a student interested in this opportunity has not yet identified a mentor, the Dean's Office will help connect them with faculty in their field of interest.) 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. Participants engage in networking events and other opportunities throughout the year focused on professional development.

Students selected as CBL 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; 
  • Annual research accounts up to $1,500 for lab fees and supplies; and,
  • Optional travel funds (up to $700 per Scholar)

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About the Program

Since its first grants in 1989 the Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in STEM has become the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering in Higher Education in the United States. Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. In her bequest establishing this program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, mathematics and engineering. To date, the program has supported more than 2,900 women. As of 2021, the CBL Program for Women in STEM has awarded a total of 819 grants to 200 different institutions, including 65 grants to Minority-Serving Institutions. For more, visit the Clare Boothe Luce Program Web site.

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.

Contact the Dean's Office with questions about the program at or 610-758-6310.