Fund Details
National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship - NIST SURF
Competition Type
Global/National - Yale Endorsement


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) at NIST laboratories in Gaithersburg, MD, and Boulder, CO.  These are fully funded nine- to eleven-week research opportunities for US citizens and permanent residents who are undergraduates majoring in science and engineering subjects considering graduate work.

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 be research opportunities for students with other majors.
Please see the official website for details of eligibility, application, and available laboratory placements in a given summer.

Yale may nominate up to eight students in total for the NIST SURF program.  The campus application and nomination process is managed by Fellowship Programs at the Yale Center for International and Professional Experience.

Application Information:

Application for Yale's nomination for the NIST SURF is coordinated through Fellowship Programs, part of the Yale CIPE.  Interested applicants, after doing some research of their own, may refer questions to Fellowship Programs (meetings by appointment, although meeting with an adviser is not mandatory).

: the deadline by which to apply for Yale's nomination for the 2018 NIST SURF is 1pm on January 22, 2018. Students should apply for Yale's nomination for the NIST SURF via this Database.  A completed application includes the following (for details and official forms, see the official NIST SURF website):
  1. A completed Student Application Form
  2. A resume, including any STEM research experience, as well as laboratory skills, computer languages, etc.
  3. A personal statement, including statement of research interests
  4. Two letters of recommendation (ideally from Yale faculty who have taught the applicant in a relevant STEM class or supervised STEM research; a letter from the PI of a research experience outside Yale may also be helpful)
  5. Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable; each applicant's Yale College transcript is required, along with copies of any other college/university transcripts)
  6. Verification of US citizenship or legal permanent residence
  7. An official application checklist
Students whose applications are nominated by Yale to go forward to the national competition typically hear about this in early February.  Students who are chosen for the program usually hear in March.

Special Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be
  • currently enrolled undergraduates at US institutions at the time of application
  • US citizens or permanent residents
  • majoring (or intending to declare a major) in an appropriate STEM field, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and
  • considering going on to do a graduate degree in a STEM field.

Links to Additional Information:

  1. NIST SURF website
  2. Fellowships application advice
  3. Book a Fellowships advising appointment (even during much of winter break, via phone/Skype)
  4. Yale Science and Engineering Research website for undergraduates

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Rebekah Westphal at

Search Filters:

Current Year of Study
  • Freshman
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    Term of Award
    • Summer
      Grant or Fellowship Purpose
      • Research
        Global Region or Country
        • -- United States (North America)
          Citizenship Status
          • U.S. citizens are eligible
            Begin Accepting Applications Date:
            Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
            1/22/2018 1:00 PM