Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Abroad

COVID-19 UPDATE:  The SURF Abroad program has been suspended for AY2021-22 (summer 2022).

The SURF Abroad program offers a $3,500 stipend and up to $600 in research expenses for 9 weeks of summer research outside the United States. (For summer research within the U.S., see SURF USA.)  Students may conduct research in any academic discipline taught at UNH.  Possible research locations for SURF Abroad projects include government agencies, museums, archives, art galleries, archeological and historical sites, research libraries and laboratories, and field sites. 

Conduct of research in other countries, especially where there are differences of culture and language, requires careful planning over a considerable period of time and special responsibilities on the part of both the undergraduate applicant and the applicant's faculty mentor.  In particular, students must plan ahead to ensure adequate language skill and knowledge of the culture before leaving the U.S.; and, once they are abroad, students must comply with the laws of the host country and serve as a good representative of UNH and the U.S. 

Independent research abroad differs from traditional “study abroad” programs in both its rewards and challenges.  Please read “What is the difference between Hamel Center international research programs (IROP, SURF Abroad, Study Abroad Research Grants) and traditional study abroad programs?” to learn the distinctions.


Students must be at least junior status (in their third year of full-time college course work), with a minimum 3.0 cumulative UNH/UNHM GPA, at the time of application. 

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