Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

Jolene Harju, Music Performance, and mentor, Professor Peggy Vagts

COVID-19 UPDATE:  1) The AY2022-23 SURF USA application deadline below will be contingent on the University’s mode of operation at the time of application, and also on the University’s phased approach to research activities as determined by the Senior Vice Provost for Research (SVPR). When preparing applications, mentors and students should consult the UNH and Hamel Center websites frequently for any updates or changes. 2) Even if an application is successful, mentors and students should be prepared to modify their projects as needed to adhere to any changing University research policies and procedures during the proposed research period. Any project’s ability to go forward will be dependent on the University’s guidelines for research at any time during the research period. 

The SURF USA program offers a $4000 stipend and up to $600 in research expenses for 10 weeks of summer research on campus or at other research sites within the United States. (For summer research outside the U.S., see IROP.)  SURF grants may support research that contributes to a senior project or thesis.  SURF recipients may not be enrolled in summer courses during the award period unless they receive prior approval from the Hamel Center director.


Students must be at least sophomore status (in their second year of full-time college course work), with a minimum 3.0 cumulative UNH/UNHM GPA, at the time of application. See additional details in the Application Guidelines below.

SURF USA Application

Application Deadline: March 1, 2023 for summer 2023

For help with your application, consult our advice for writing an effective proposal and consider attending a proposal writing workshop.

Applications must be submitted to the Hamel Center office (118 Conant Hall) no later than 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date above.  

Read the Application Guidelines and Budget Instructions before completing the application forms.

  • Application Guidelines (complete instructions for the SURF USA application)
  • Application Checklist (a list of all the steps in the application process)
  • Application Cover Sheet (fillable online) *You will need the most recent version of Adobe Reader to complete the application cover sheet.
  • Budget Instructions and Budget Form (fillable online)*The Budget Form is a Word document. Please save these forms to your computer before entering any information. You may then save and return to the forms later for completion.
  • Faculty Mentor Memo and Recommendation Form (student must complete and sign top portion of recommendation form; UNH mentor must complete bottom portion of form and attach letter; letter must be submitted with the URA application in a sealed envelope)
  • UNH Faculty Recommendation (student must complete and sign top portion of recommendation form; UNH faculty member must complete bottom portion of form and attach letter; letter must be submitted with the SURF USA application in a sealed envelope)

Guidelines on faculty mentor eligibility

Approval guidelines for working with a non-UNH mentor off campus 

Criteria for review of applications