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Scholarships & Funding

SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) Early Deadline 

New, Earlier Surf Deadline: Feb. 21, 2024

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholar Development is announcing an earlier deadline for SURF applications to allow students to set their summer 2024 plans! 

Summer 2024 Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) 

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) are open to undergraduates interested in research in any discipline, whether in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, engineering or business. Awards are $4,500 for eight to ten weeks of full-time summer research on campus with a faculty mentor; students can join an existing project or they can propose one of their own. The fellowships are competitive and, as per the website description, include additional application materials beyond the requisite proposal. Students may work alone or in a group, but must apply for the SURF as an individual  — no group awards are available.  

The student deadline for proposal submission is Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024.  Deadline for faculty mentors to approve the project and submit their letter of recommendation is Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024. Decisions will be announced in late March.

We strongly encourage students applying for SURF to attend our forthcoming Information Session on Nov. 15.  We will hold a Proposal Workshop in January to provide instruction on how to write a proposal and submit your application materials.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 15, 5—6 p.m. EST – SURF Information Session (virtual: via Zoom) 
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23, 5—6 p.m. EST – SURF Proposal Workshop Session (on campus: Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center)

In addition to attending both the SURF information session and proposal workshop, we recommend that students review a draft of their proposal with a representative from our office at least a week before the application deadline. Please make an appointment with Alex Johnson, Paige Zalman or Richelle Bernazzoli.

Funding for Arts, Humanities and Social Science Students! 

Application deadline: March 1

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholar Development (OURSD) is excited to share an opportunity to apply for the prestigious Beinecke Scholarship, which provides $34,000 to fund graduate studies leading to a terminal research-focused degree (PhD, DMA, MFA, etc.) in a humanities, arts, or social sciences field. Beinecke does not fund professional degrees, such as law school.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Juniors majoring in a humanities, arts or social sciences field
  • History of academic achievement (a 3.7 GPA or above is the typical target for Beinecke)
  • U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals
  • History of receiving significant need-based financial aid (e.g., Pell Grant)
  • Must be planning on a research/scholarly career, either within academia or in other spheres such as government, nonprofit sector, and think tanks
  • Competitive applicants have a track record of research or creative inquiry in their field

The Beinecke Scholarship requires a campus nomination. Interested applicants should book a meeting with Alex JohnsonPaige Zalman or Richelle Bernazzoli to discuss the application and nomination process. Our campus deadline is March 1, 2024.

Community-Based Research-to-Practice Program

  • Student Proposals due Wednesday, March 13, 2024 (11:59 pm EST)
  • Mentor Letter of Recommendation Upload Due: Monday, March 18, 2024 (11:59 pm EST)
  • Decisions Announced Early March

The Center for Shared Prosperity will be offering our Research-to-Practice grants again this summer. The Research-to-Practice grant awards $5,000 to undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon for eight to ten full-time weeks of summer research that positively impacts the greater Pittsburgh regional community.

More information about the grant is available on our website. 

We will also be hosting two information sessions for students in the Center for Shared Prosperity office in Baker Hall 131 on:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 9 a.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. 

Please contact Illah Nourbakhsh ( with any questions, ideas, suggestions, etc. 

Dietrich College Internship Opportunity Grants

Application Deadline: Rolling

Dietrich College encourages its undergraduate students to find and undertake professionally relevant and meaningful internship opportunities. We understand that many of these opportunities are unpaid or, at best, provide minimal compensation. Yet it is often these very positions that provide students with the most meaningful work experiences in helping them define and move forward toward their career goals.

The Dietrich College Internship Opportunity Grant Program makes it more possible for our undergraduate students to take advantage of less remunerative but worthwhile off-campus internship opportunities.

Find out more about the Dietrich College Internship Opportunity Grant Program

The Dietrich College Study/Travel Abroad Grant Program 

Application Deadline: Rolling

Dietrich College has established its Study/Travel Abroad Grant Program to encourage its undergraduate students to consider pursuing meaningful opportunities abroad by making it more financially possible to take advantage of these experiences.  The program provides support for both traditional study abroad programs, and for non-study abroad experiences such as service learning opportunities, internships, research and conference travel.

Grants are available for both individual students and groups of students who meet the program’s eligibility requirements.

Learn more about the Dietrich College Study/Travel Abroad Grant Program and apply