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

Arturo Bandini the Viking: How Long Beach Junior College Transformed the Writing of John Fante

Danny Hutto : English

In the spring of 1932, while attending Long Beach Junior College (LBJC), John Fante published his short story “Eleven-Thirty” in the campus literary journal, Edda. The story, bursting with clichés, depicts a young man, disappointed in love, at the brink of suicide. Critic David L. Ulin dismisses it as “pure juvenilia” and “mostly overwrought.” A few months later The American Mercury published Fante’s story, “Altar Boy.” Aside from sharing Fante as the author, the two stories hardly resembled one another. The variation in the quality of the two stories suggests the tremendous impact that Fante’s experience at LBJC exerted on his thinking and literary career. In months, he transformed from the author of the immature and nearly unrecognizable “Eleven Thirty” to the prolific and... Read More