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 now open. Note that different programs have different applicaiton deadlines. The application deadline for SURF L&S is February 16, 2017. The deadlines for SURF Rose Hills Experience and Independent are March 1, 2017. Students that are eligible to both L&S and Rose Hills Independent can apply to both using the same proposal.  Please read the contents of this website carefully.  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 allows UC Berkeley sophomores and juniors from Southern California in certain math, science, and engineering majors (L&S, CNR, COE, C. Chem) to immerse themselves in full-time summer research supporting a research project that is designed and directed by a faculty member. Fellows receive approximately $6000. This program is generously supported by the Rose Hills Foundation. 

The SURF Rose Hills Independent fellowship is for UC Berkeley juniors in the summer before their senior year who are intending to do research projects of their own design as part of a senior thesis for a major. Students must have permanent residence in Southern California and be part of certain STEM majors. Graduating seniors are also eligible. Fellows receive approximately $6000. This program is generously supported by the Rose Hills Foundation. 

 

Benefits of these fellowships:

In addition to receiving funding, summer fellows from all three programs will be assigned to a research cluster, which will meet regularly throughout the summer. In the cluster you will find a community of undergraduate researchers with similar interests and problems. Each cluster is led by a SURF Program Advisor - an experienced researcher to help guide your efforts. Primary guidance in research will come from individual faculty mentors, but most students have found it very valualbe to meet with other students who are grappling with related research issues. SURF fellows also have the opportunity to present their research or present a poster at the SURF Conference - August 17th and 18th, 2017. Conference attendance is required for all fellows. 

Interested in applying? Here's how to proceed

Read the "Fellowships" section of this website carefully to understand eligibility and obligations for each of the three programs. Then complete the eligibility and obligation sections of the application. This is a convenient way to confirm your eligibility and interest in the program, and enables us to get in touch with you to start supporting you with advising! Read the "Apply" section of this website to understand what is required to apply, and to access the online application. The "Resources" tab of this site will point you towards helpful documents, workshops, and people that will guide you as you design your project and prepare your application. We look forward to meeting you and working with you on your applications!