Carnegie Mellon University

ISURF: International Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Summer 2017 SURF Proposal Deadline: Monday, January 16, 2017

The International Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program awards $3500 to undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon for 8-10 weeks of full-time summer research in any field of study with a faculty member overseas who is currently collaborating or has previously collaborated with a Carnegie Mellon faculty member.  Students are limited to one ISURF experience over the course of their undergraduate careers.

Eligibility requirements for the ISURF experience include:

  • Currently enrolled with undergraduate sophomore or junior status
  • All majors
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, or international student status
  • Completion of a SURF fellowship during a prior summer term and endorsement of SURF faculty mentor; or completion of a significant research experience at Carnegie Mellon University and the endorsement of the Carnegie Mellon faculty member you worked with on this project
  • Baccalaureate degree in progress
  • Minimum QPA of 3.00
  • Return to Carnegie Mellon as a full time student in the fall semester following the ISURF experience

Applications:

  • Online registration via URO website. There is an option within the application to indicate that you are applying for ISURF.
  • Letter of motivation (3 pages maximum). This letter should be addressed to the ISURF review committee and outline where you would like to go, the general scope of the project, your skill set and how it fits with what the team abroad is doing, and why are you seeking this ISURF experience.
  • Resume or CV
  • Transcript (official or unofficial)

Please note that because only students who have been directly recommended by their SURF faculty mentors are eligible, a letter of recommendation is not required for the ISURF application.

Requirements for recipients:

  • Attend a required Pre-Departure Orientation Session and complete all pre-departure paperwork prior to their experience abroad
  • Schedule a meeting with Stephanie Wallach, Director of the Undergraduate Research Office (URO) prior to departure
  • Write a thank you note to your funder
  • Complete all assessments connected to your ISURF
  • Present your work at the Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Follow human subjects guidelines