Application Details

Monday, February 1, 2021 Current Year Deadline Past, Check Website
All applications due by 4 p.m.


First-Year, Junior, Sophomore

All full-time undergraduates who are enrolled in baccalaureate programs at UNC-Chapel Hill and who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply. To be awarded a SURF, undergraduates must also be enrolled in both the semester before (Spring) and semester after (Fall) completion of the SURF. Morehead-Cain Scholars, Robertson Scholars and McNair Scholars are not eligible to apply for SURF as they already receive support for research experiences during the summer and are expected to fully engage in required summer components of their programs. Students who receive funding to participate in other summer experiences (e.g., BURCH, SEAS, Chancellor's Science Scholars, Class of 1938 Fellowship, NASA) may not accept SURF funding for the same summer.


SURF recipients are expected to engage in undergraduate research, scholarship, or performance for at least 9 weeks, with a minimum of 20 hours/week during the summer (May-August). Please note that some projects may require more than the minimum of 20 hours/week. SURF projects must be carried out under the supervision of a UNC-Chapel Hill faculty research advisor, and additional collaboration with a postdoctoral fellow or graduate student mentor is encouraged.

Additional funding for special topics is available in the following fields:

  • Women in the American South
  • LGBTQ studies
  • Botany
  • Art

If you want to learn more, you can attend a SURF info session. Check back for updates on dates and times of the sessions.


The Office for Undergraduate Research

Boots Quimby
+1 919 843 7790
Wednesday, January 27, 2021