Research Activities

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NEW! Summer Writing Fellowship - The Council of the Gipson Institute invites PhD and MA students enrolled at Lehigh University who are working on dissertations or theses (or other relevant research projects) in eighteenth-century studies to apply for a summer writing fellowship. Grants of $2,000-4,000 are possible, depending on available funding. All students working on eighteenth-century projects are encouraged to apply, although preference will be given to more advanced candidates. The dissertation/thesis may be in any field of eighteenth century studies, but should focus substantially on that time period. Please note that university policy requires that all supported work comply with COVID-19 protocols.

Graduate Students Dissertation Fellowship (Spring)- The Gipson Institute expects to award one fellowship annually to a PhD candidate enrolled at Lehigh University for dissertation research and writing in any field of eighteenth-century studies. The fellowship is for one academic year and includes a stipend of approximately $22,500. 

Research Grants - The Council of the Institute reviews proposals for research grants from Lehigh faculty and students in October and March of each year. Grants are for a maximum of $2,500. Funds may be used to defray travel cost to libraries and manuscript depositories, copying, and other expenses directly related to research.

Faculty and Graduate Students Travel or Paper Presentations at Conferences Research Grants - Small grants (a maximum of $250) are available to assist Lehigh graduate students to attend a professional conference. Grants (a maximum of $500) are available to assist Lehigh graduate students who present a paper at a professional conference. The graduate student’s studies should focus on the eighteenth century, in any discipline. Small grants are also available for faculty presenting a paper in a relevant topic; these faculty grants are only available after department funds have been exhausted. No deadlines.
Undergraduate or Graduate Student Research Grants - Up to $200 for travel, copying, admission fees, etc. The faculty member supervising the research must approve the application. No deadlines.
Curriculum Support -  For activities related to the eighteenth century in undergraduate classes. Maximum grant: $200. Grants will be approved for field trips, speakers, admissions to museums, etc., and curricular materials. No deadlines.

Contact Professor Michelle LeMaster at or Professor Lyndon Dominique at for deadlines and more information.

Recent projects funded by the Gipson Institute include research on the suffering in English women's literature during the Romantic Era; the rise of evangelicalism in the American South; crime and punishment in eighteenth century Pennsylvania; gender politics in coming-of-age novels in the Atlantic World; art and politics in the Trans-Atlantic world; and the impact of legal codes and culture on slavery in the French Caribbean.


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