SURF Applicant Information

The 2021 SURF program is subject to guidelines/decisions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic from the University of Michigan along with local, state and federal authorities, and as such may be cancelled.

Any student that is currently enrolled in a degree granting college or university is eligible. Applicants should have excellent academic records. Preference will be given to students with strong academic performance in science courses and relevant laboratory experience.

Application process

Interested students can apply for a Molecular & Integrative Summer Fellowship by completing the following:

  1. Email your CV to and in the email indicate the faculty member whose research focus aligns with your interests.  Make sure your subject line contains 2021 Summer SURF Applicant.  Faculty Mentors can be found using the navigation menu on the left.
  2. The deadline for application is January 27 at 11:59 pm.

Student awardees will be responsible for paying for housing during their fellowship from their stipend. Several opportunities for summer housing exist but most students will find subletting off campus housing as the most reasonable and cost effective. The average cost of summer housing was factored into the stipend amount for this award.

Students are expected to work 40 hours per week in the laboratory during the 12 week fellowship period excluding July 4. If any vacation days are requested, they must be agreed upon by the faculty member and the student, and the hours must be made up by the student before the end of the summer.

Students will be required to attend an end of summer research forum, where they will have the opportunity to report their research findings.