UROC-Gates Foundation Fellows

What is the SURF UROC-Gates Foundation Fellowship Program?

Sponsored by the Gates Foundation, the SURF UROC fellowships support the summer research of undergraduate students affiliated with the Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) Program, who are researching topics related to global health, global development, global advocacy and policy, gender equity, economic mobility and opportunity, or educational pathways in the United States. The goal of this program is to facilitate research experiences for underrepresented students and to create a supportive community. Each fellow receives a $5000 stipend.

ELIGIBILITY:

Eligibility for UROC-Gates Foundation Fellowships is contingent on the following criteria. You must:

  • be a matriculating student, currently enrolled at UC Berkeley. Visiting and Extensions students are not eligible to apply.
  • be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior. Graduating seniors may also apply as long as they are enrolled during the Spring 2022 semester.
  • be pursuing a research topic that relates to at least one of the Gates Foundation’s initiatives in global health, global development, global advocacy and policy, gender equity, economic mobility and opportunity, or educational pathways in the United States.
  • show evidence of attending or participating in UROC programming
  • consult with UROC staff about your proposal at least once before submitting your application
  • self-identify as being at least two of the following:
    • An individual who is from a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in higher education. Underrepresented minorities are typically defined as:
      • Blacks or African Americans
      • Hispanics or Latinos
      • Asian (Filipino, Hmong, or Vietnamese)
      • American Indians or Alaska Natives
      • Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders
      • Two or more races, when one or more are from the preceding racial and ethnic categories
    • An individual with a disability (physical or mental)
    • An individual who is first-generation (first in their family to attend college)
    • An individual who is low-income (Pell Grant eligible)
    • An individual who is undocumented/AB540/DACA
    • An individual who is formerly incarcerated or system-impacted
    • An individual who has or is currently experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity
    • An individual who has been in the foster care system
    • An individual who attended community college and transferred to Berkeley or is a non-traditional / re-entry college student (25 and older)
    • An individual who is a student parent or veteran
    • An individual who belongs to the LGBTQIA+ community (including gender non-conforming, non-binary, and transgender students)

SELECTION CRITERIA:

UROC-Gates Foundation SURF fellowships will go to students who demonstrate research interests in global health, global development, global advocacy and policy, gender equity, economic mobility and opportunity, or educational pathways in the United States. Priority will be given to students who express an interest in obtaining a graduate-level degree (Masters or PhD) and will benefit especially from participating in a program devoted to supporting underrepresented students.

Please Note: All projects involving human subjects must be kept below the threshold of full-committee review. Students should consult with their mentors about these requirements before submitting an application; mentors should address the feasibility and scope of the proposal in their letters of support. Read here for more information Human Research Protection Program.

COMMITMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Fellows are expected to work full-time on their research projects for two months during the summer. However, SURF will not restrict summer session enrollment or student employment. Upon admission to the SURF program, UROC-Gates Foundation Fellow will be expected to participate regularly in UROC programming during the remainder of the spring semester and throughout the summer.

All research fellows are required to:

  • submit a pre-SURF program survey, articulating particular skills that you would like to develop to support your research
  • submit a headshot and project description at the beginning of the summer to be posted on the SURF website.
  • attend orientation, four summer workshops, and three small group meetings
  • submit a mid-summer progress report
  • submit a final report
  • submit a post-SURF program evaluation, including a thank you statement to the fellow’s donor