Launch your research career with P3

Following the approach of the famous microbiologist Louis Pasteur, originator of use-inspired research that identifies key fundamental questions based on a demonstrated practical need or problem, Lehigh’s P3 program offers a student-centered doctoral study opportunity.  This program incorporates, during the graduate study period, an active partnership with companies involved in research to address the needs of customers, and, thus the society at large.

Those selected as Pasteur Fellows receive competitive stipend and full tuition for the duration of doctoral studies that are expected to be completed in four years. This use-inspired research track for doctoral studies in science and engineering disciplines is a unique, student-centered program, developed with support from the National Science Foundation’s Innovation in Graduate Education project at Lehigh University.

Benefits of the P3 Fellowship  include:

  • The Fellow is actively involved in defining the scope of her/his dissertation, wherein the traditional modus operandi for identifying research topics is flipped. P3 starts with a pre-program summer internship at a company to get the ‘big picture’ of the problem of interest through discussions with industry researchers, gaining insight into research questions that matter to industry and society.
  • With a broad perspective of research problem, the Fellow arrives on campus and selects appropriate courses in consultation with the academic adviser. Overall, each Fellow’s program is personalized with co-advisers from both the university and a partner company.
  • A one to two semester company residency is required to ensure use-inspired, industrial perspective as well as the rigor of a high caliber doctoral degree.
  • In addition to meeting Departmental requirements, the Fellow is required to take modular, graduate-level professional development courses, co-taught by faculty and industry researchers. The topics may include team and project based learning, Intellectual Property (IP) constraints, economic considerations and the global marketplace, ethical considerations, diversity and cultural sensitivity, technical oral and written communication skills, and techniques to develop personal creativity and innovation.