A program of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

About the Program

The SURF Program is made up of three different fellowships:

Each fellowship has particular eligibility requirements, and each fellowship has certain obligations that fellows agree to if they receive the award. 

Applications for SURF fellowships for the summer 2017 are closed. Applications for summer 2018 will open up in November with a early February deadline. To best understand the program and prepare a quality application we encourage you to:

  • attend an info session before applying. See "Resources" Tab for info sessions specifics or the OURS calendar
  • attend a workshop on how to write a research proposal. See OURS calender for time and place.
  • You are also encouraged to meet with the SURF advisors to discuss your project and application. Sign up for Justin (STEM) or Melissa (Social Sciene and Humanities) via the advisor information under the "Resources" tab. 

The SURF L&S fellowship allows UC Berkeley undergraduates in the College of Letters and Science to spend the summer doing concentrated research in preparation for a senior thesis. Fellows receive $4000. These fellowships are generously supported by a number of private donors. 

The SURF Rose Hills Experience fellowship... more

Meet Our SURF & Rose Hills Fellows

Landing a Job: Occupational Mobility and the Homestead Act

Ross Mattheis : Applied Mathematics

Rising inequality and falling economic mobility may be the defining economic and social challenge of present-day developed economies—and the US in particular. Recently, many have observed that inequality is associated with social discontent, slowed growth, and the spread of far-right populism. But economic mobility in the US has not always been dismal; in the late nineteenth century, mobility in the US was truly exceptional, higher than the US and the UK in the late twentieth century. My work investigates the effect of the western frontier on American economic development in the period of exceptional mobility. The project is in two main parts: first, I will take advantage of newly digitized data and computational tools to compare mobility among beneficiaries of the Homestead Act and... Read More