Scholarship Details

National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Application Deadline:



Sophomore, junior, or senior


NIST is soliciting applications from eligible colleges and universities in the U.S. and its territories, nominating undergraduate students to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The SURF Program will provide research opportunities for undergraduate students to work with NIST scientists and engineers, to expose them to cutting-edge research, and to promote the pursuit of graduate degrees in science and engineering.


The SURF Program is open to colleges and universities in the United States and its territories with degree-granting programs in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, mathematics, nanoscale science, neutron research, and/or physics.

Each undergraduate student nominated to participate in the SURF Program from the applicant college or university must meet all of the following requirements:

1) Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.
2) Commit eleven (11) full continuous weeks, or nine (9) full continuous weeks for the nine (9) week program, (Monday through Friday) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., during the summer of 2015, to participate in the SURF Program.
3) Be a currently registered undergraduate at the applicant university or college in the U.S. or its territories with a scientific major at the time of application. Graduating seniors may apply for the program but must be a registered undergraduate at the time of application.
4) Are considering pursuing a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.). Students with biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, mathematics, nanoscale science, neutron research and/or physics majors are always encouraged to apply. There may also be research opportunities for students with other majors. Refer to the evaluation criteria and selection factors for additional recommendations. It is recommended that students have a cumGPA of 3.0 or better, out of a possible 4.0.

Terms of Award:

Please Submit:

Apply through the University Fellowships Office

The university is required to gather all applications and submit one complete application packet, so there is an internal deadline. Complete applications are submitted directly to our office via email ( or hard copy (321 Boucke Bldg.) A complete application is comprised of the following materials:

Application form (available here)
Resume (include any laboratory skills or computer languages, etc.)
Personal statement (including statement of research interests)
Two letters of recommendation
Letters should come directly from your reference and can be emailed so long as they are on letterhead and signed
Transcripts (unofficial acceptable)
Verification of citizenship (copy of passport, birth certificate, etc.)

The application cover sheet mentioned on NIST SURF’s website will be provided by our office for each applicant.

Online Application: