Student Travels/Opportunities

ASSA (Africana Studies Student Association)

The purpose of this organization is to serve as a platform for the current Africana Studies majors and minors to network among one another, meet other Africana scholars as well as participate in opportunities to enhance our research and study within this field. This group keeps Africana majors and minors connected and ensures all Africana minors and majors are getting the resources and opportunities that can move us forward in terms of learning, research and intellectual development. 

2018 Ghana Trip

Since 2014, the Africana Studies Program in collaboration with Sustainable Development Program; Global Studies; and Health, Medicine and Society (HMS), have provided various opportunities and life-changing experiences for Lehigh students. This year, fifteen (15) Lehigh students from various background and academic disciplines including Africana Studies, Global Studies, HMS, College of Business, Sociology and Anthropology and others participated in the 2018 Lehigh summer program in Ghana, “Globalization and Health in Ghana.” The program was led by Professors Kwame Essien and Sirry Alang with assistance of Professor Bruce Whitehouse and the study abroad office. Read More


APPLY HERE... (application covers all three grants)

Lehigh has funding available for College of Arts and Sciences students who are interested in traveling abroad. One of the objectives in providing these grants is to enhance the diversity of the pool of University students who are given the opportunity to engage in these experiences.  Preference will be given to students with financial need.  Financial need is determined by the Office of Financial Aid in the categories of low, medium and high need.  In most cases, preference will be given to Africana Studies majors and minors who are going on credit bearing, Lehigh faculty-led programs or individual research (non-credit bearing) supervised by Africana Studies faculty. There is a rolling application.  This application covers the following grants:

The AAS program travel grant offers $800 for AAS majors and $400 for AAS minors for travel to Africa broadly defined. Available for credit and non-credit bearing programs. Travel does not need to be affiliated with Lehigh University.

The John Franchini grant offers $5,000 to College of Arts and Sciences students deemed as high need by the office of financial aid for credit-bearing travel abroad.  Preference will be given to applications for Lehigh faculty-led, credit-bearing study abroad programs.  There are two awards available for the summer of 2018.     

The Ron Ulrich grant offers $3,000 per student majoring or minoring in Africana Studies for travel to Ghana on credit bearing, Lehigh faculty-led programs or individual research (non-credit bearing) supervised by Africana Studies faculty. Travel must be during the summer or winter session. Upon completion of travel students will be required to give a short presentation to the Bethlehem community as part of the AAS Public Humanities Initiative.  The students' time in Africa must also include exposure to the business community so they can better understand the marketplace and wealth creation.