Carnegie Mellon University


SURF Deadline:  TBD:  Typically mid-March

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program awards $3500 to undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon for 8-10 FULL-TIME weeks of summer research in any field of study.

What can I do?

Students interested in any form of research may apply. All you need is an idea and a faculty advisor willing to supervise your research on campus for 8-10 weeks. You can work alone or in a group, but you must apply as an individual - no group awards are available.

How much SURF funding can I get?

Each Fellowship is given as a $3500 stipend. You will work full-time at a pre-determined hourly rate over 8-10 weeks and complete a bi-weekly timecard through your department. The award is subject to all applicable taxes.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you: -Are a CMU undergraduate student - including freshmen - in a degree-granting program; -Are going to be enrolled during the Fall semester after your fellowship; -Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the prior fall semester; -Are in good academic standing (not on probation, leave of absence or suspension); -Have not received SURF in the past. 

When should I apply?

If you are interested in SURF for Summer 2019, the deadline is TBD (Mid-March). Appointments to meet with the Director or Assistant Directors of the URO to review proposals should be made no later than TBD (Mid-March).

Another opportunity for you is SURA (Summer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship). 

Would you like to have an immersive research experience this summer, but aren't ready to write a research proposal or apply to a competitive program?  Then SURA may be for you!

Who is eligible:

  • 1st and 2nd year students (juniors may be eligible)
  • Students with little to no research experience

How to enroll:

Review the information at the SURA webpage, including relevant program dates.