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NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at Gaithersburg


Application period: December to February, or when application capacity of 1,000 is met; the application may close ahead of the deadline

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident
  • Undergraduate
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Plans to pursue a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.)
  • Physics, material science, chemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, or engineering majors are always encouraged to apply. There may be research opportunities for students with other majors.

Award summary and conditions: The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Gaithersburg, MD Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering. Note that applications for participation in the SURF program are only accepted from colleges or universities, and not from individual students.

Application process: online

Application materials:

  • Cover sheet 
  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Letters of recommendation (2)
  • Transcript(s)
  • Personal statement 
  • Verification of U.S. citizenship or permanent legal residence, (e.g.  copy of birth certificate, passport, or green card)
  • institutional application/nomination

Faculty representative: Director for Fellowships and Grants
Announcement date: End of March or early April

Contact information:


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