Surdna Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

An undergraduate research fellowship program originally established in 1959, this fund was renamed in 1968 the Surdna Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program in recognition of gifts from the Surdna Foundation. Each Surdna fellow participates in summer research or advanced study directly related to his or her major field or life work.

Students apply as juniors. Fellowships are awarded to highly qualified students and are carried out either the summer preceding the fellow's senior year or during the fellow's senior academic year.

The Surdna Fellowship carries a $3,200 stipend. Summer fellows agree to commit eight weeks full-time toward the completion of their proposed projects and to refrain from employment during their period of appointment. Academic year fellows agree to carry out their project on a part-time basis over two semesters (i.e., effort approximately equivalent to that of summer fellow).

If requested and approved during the application process, summer and academic year fellows may also be reimbursed for up to $500 for justified research related expenses (e.g., laboratory/art supplies, analytical costs, and travel beyond the local area to conduct field work or to visit an archive).

Should a faculty mentor feel that a fellow is not making sufficient progress toward the research goals set forth in the fellow's proposal, the College reserves the right to discontinue funding.