The SURF Program is made up of five different fellowships:

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

The application deadline for SURF summer 2020 will be February 20, 2020. The application instructions and forms are available under the apply tabs of this website. 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 calendar for time and place.
  • You are also encouraged to meet with the SURF advisors to discuss your project and application. Starting in January, sign up for Brittany Daws (STEM- Life Sciences), Jonathan Liu (STEM-Math and Physical Sciences), Emily Remirez (Social Sciences and Humanities), or Brittany Johnson (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 $5000. 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 $5000. 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 $5000. This program is generously supported by the Rose Hills Foundation. 

The SURF Math Team Fellowship is for a team of four UC Berkeley math majors of any year to propose a summer research project under the mentorship of a UC Berkeley math professor. Each student will receive a $5000 fellowship, and the faculty mentor will receive $2500 in research funds. 

The SURF SMART Student Mentoring and Research Teams (SMART) is a program that enables doctoral students to create mentored research opportunities for undergraduate students at UC Berkeley. The program provides summer funding for both graduate and undergraduate participants and opportunities to share research results on campus and at national conferences. Each undergraduate mentee will receive a $3500-5000 fellowship, and graduate student mentors receive $1000 in research funds. 

Benefits of these fellowships:

In addition to receiving funding, summer fellows from all five 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/graduate student mentors, but most students have found it very valuabe 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 in August 2020. Conference attendance is required for all fellows.