Division of Science

SURF Application Instructions & Eligibility Requirements

The application period for the 2024 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) will be open from Dec 12, 2023 to Feb 14, 2024. Applications are now closed.


  • You must be a rising Brandeis sophomore, junior, or senior in Summer 2024. US Citizenship is NOT required unless otherwise specified for a specific award.
  • You must be available to work full-time at Brandeis from early June to mid-August 2024. Exact dates TBD.
  • You must present a poster at the final poster session (SciFest) in August.
  • You may not take summer courses or participate in extensive volunteer/shadowing experiences in which you commit to being out of the lab for a significant amount of time.
  • You may not be paid for doing lab research during this period from other funding sources.


  • Note: You should use Chrome, Safari or Edge to connect (Firefox is not supported). If you are off campus, you will need to first connect to the VPN before connecting to the application, found here on 12/12/23.
  • An email will be sent to all science major lists when the application is open for submissions.
  • If you cannot log in, even after connecting to the VPN, please email SummerResearch@brandeis.edu.
  • You should speak with your mentor prior to requesting the letter so that they know an email will be coming. It will come from SummerResearch@brandeis.edu and contain instructions for your mentor. As a reminder please complete the Mentor Information section early.
  • Note: If your mentor is outside of the Division of Science (either in another Division at Brandeis or at an external institution), you will need a second mentor from within the Division of Science to write a letter and agree to check in with your outside mentor about your project.
  • Answering the short essay questions in this application may take some preparation. You will be able to save your progress and come back to update and edit before submitting this application.
  • If you have any problems with the application, click the "Request Assistance" button in the application. 
  • General questions about the application process or programs should be emailed to SummerResearch@brandeis.edu