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.

Students opt to carry out 8, 9, or 10 weeks of research. Students should discuss with their faculty mentors what would be the appropriate duration of their fellowship and consider their own research goals and availability as well as their faculty mentors’ availability when making this decision.  Selected fellows are expected to commit full-time effort to their research project and faculty mentors must approve the duration of the fellowship period.

The Surdna Fellowship offers $400 a week, therefore an 8-week fellowship carries an award of $3,200, a 9-week fellowship carries an award of $3,600, and a 10-week fellowship carries an award of $4,000. 

If requested and approved during the application process, 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.