The application deadline for SURF 2018 will be February 22, 2018. The application forms will be available here in late November.  To help you prepare the best application, we strongly encourage you to do all of the following:

  • attend one of our SURF info sessions
  • closely read through this website so that you fully understand the eligibility requirements and the fellowship commitment for the specific SURF program you are applying to
  • at this link: make an appointment with SURF STEM advisor Justin Lopez 
  • discuss your plans with prospective faculty sponsors as soon as possible and determine who will sponsor your research and write your letter of recommendation



The online application will ask you for the following information and documents.

 (1) RESEARCH PROPOSAL - The main section of your proposal (sections "A" through "D" below) must not exceed 5 pages. Because the Rose Hills Experience program is designed for students who will be working on faculty-led research, we recommend that you get significant input from the graduate students, postdocs, or faculty member(s) that you will be working with. They should be able to help you answer many of the questions below and assist you in proof-reading and editing your proposal.  

A) A statement of the “research question” guiding your summer work and the “purpose of the research” (175-200 words)

B) The “background on the research topic” summarizing what is already known about this topic and how the research work you will be doing intends to build upon this knowledge (1-2 pages)

C) The “project plan” for your research including a discussion of the research methods you will employ and a detailed timeline for your plan of action over the summer.  Your timeline must show us that you are planning to carry out a minimum of 8 weeks of research during the 14 week summer period (May 15 through August 11). Many SURF Scholars get the most out of their project by doing more than eight weeks. Your eight weeks do not have to be contiguous, but we have seen year after year how beneficial it is to minimize significant breaks in your research flow. In this section, chronologically specify the research tasks you intend to accomplish and the date by which they will be accomplished.

D) Your “Qualifications” including academic history, connection to your faculty mentor, and any other relevant experiences that prepare you to work on this project

E) “Bibliography” of any citations for your proposal

(2) TRANSCRIPTS - CalCentral is a new campus system, so some of you may not yet be familiar with how to print out your transcript. To get your UC Berkeley grades, go to CalCentral, then "MyAcademics", then "View Academic Summary" (top of the center column), then upper left corner, press "print", and make a pdf.  Make sure it's readable. If not, try a different browser.  You'll upload that pdf to the application. If you are transfer student, your transfer units are likely listed in CalCentral but not the grade. In this case, please scan a copy of your transcript from your most recent other institution.  

(3) FACULTY RESEARCH SPONSOR: Your research sponsor is the UC Berkeley, UCSF, CHORI, or LBNL scientist / principal investigator who has agreed to provide oversight for the duration of your SURF research project. 

(4) LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION: Your research sponsor’s letter of recommendation will be uploaded via the link you provide them and should address the following topics/questions:

• Research Question and Design: State the topic of the research the student will be contributing to and her/his particular focus within the within the broader research project

• Research Sponsor Guidance: Your research sponsor must state willingness to guide student's summer research and identify any other guidance the student will be receiving during the summer

• Timeline: Can the project outlined be realistically completed in the timeline proposed?

• Research sponsor's knowledge of student's ability to complete assignments responsibly, and sponsor's confidence in student's ability to solve problems they might encounter in this project.

Note: Be sure to give a copy of your research proposal to your research sponsor, along with the appropriate research sponsor information sheet (see links at the bottom of this page.)