- 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
- Beginning in January, make an appointment with the appropriate SURF advisor to discuss your application.
- discuss your plans with prospective faculty sponsors as soon as possible and determine who will sponsor your research and write your letter of recommendation
- If you are a STEM student in L&S and you also meet the eligibility requirements of Rose Hills Independent, you can apply to both programs. You will only need to apply once – the application enables you to check a box indicating you are applying to both programs.
- If your project involves human subjects research, it may require approval from the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS). Click here to learn more and begin preparing for CPHS review. Students conducting human subjects research should prepare to have their finalized research protocols ready for CPHS review by March 11th.
Instructions for Applying to SURF L&S:
- Download the “SURF Research Proposal Form” found below. This form will be available in November. As you work on this proposal form you should discuss it with your research mentor. Ultimately, the form will be saved as a PDF and uploaded as part of your application.
- The application deadline for SURF 2021 is February 18th. You will have to be logged into UC Berkeley Bmail (your campus email account) to see and use this application link. Use this link to submit your completed application including relevant information and uploading the required documents that we request.
- Make sure you have sent the recommendation form link to your research supervisor well ahead of the deadline, and make sure that they know in detail: your proposal and what program you are applying for. Their deadline is the same as the program deadline.
Instructions for the Letter of Recommendation:
- Your faculty research sponsor must be a UC Berkeley faculty member (Professor or Lecturer) who will be appointed through Fall 2021. This is true even if you are a STEM student seeking to do summer research in a LBNL, CHORI, or UCSF lab. In other words, if you are proposing to do research at LBNL, CHORI, or UCSF, then you might have two mentors, and your UC Berkeley based mentor must be the one submitting your recommendation and agreeing to oversee your senior thesis. Sometimes the two mentors co-sign the one recommendation letter.
- Send your faculty research supervisor the following link to the recommendation form and let them know it is due February 18, 2021: this form is available here.
- Your research sponsor’s letter should address: 1) Research Question and Design: Does the proposal ask an interesting question and is it well designed to answer that question? Is it independent research? 2) Timeline: Can the project outlined be realistically completed in the timeline proposed? 3) Faculty Guidance: Is the faculty member willing to guide this student’s research? Faculty sponsors should be available by phone or email during the summer. 4) Faculty knowledge of this student’s ability to complete assignments responsibly, and sponsor’s confidence in student’s ability to solve problems they might encounter in this project.
- One letter of recommendation submitted by a UC Berkeley faculty member (Professor or Lecturer) who will be appointed through Fall 2020
- One research proposal, in pdf format
- Your UC Berkeley transcript, in pdf format. You may submit either official or unofficial transcripts.