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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)


To encourage undergraduate students from all disciplines to participate in independent research and creative projects in collaboration with UCF faculty. There are three tracks in the SURF program:

  • Track 1 Emerging Fellow

    : For students who have not yet had an independent research experience and presented their own work at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE). This is for students beginning projects. Please use the Learn More link below for more information regarding eligibility. This track will work on developing a poster presentation by the end of the summer on the work completed.
  • Track 2 Fieldwork Fellow

    : For students who plan to spend significant time away from UCF working on or training for a research or creative project during the summer with their UCF faculty mentor. Please use the Learn More link below for more information regarding the travel requirements. This track must present a poster with Track 1 at the end of the summer.
  • Track 3 Publishing Fellow

    : For students who have been working on an independent research project for several semesters and will complete their data collection by May. This track is for advanced undergraduate researchers. This track will assist students in preparing a manuscript for submission to the UCF Undergraduate Research Journal or another research journal in student's research discipline.


All students receive a $1500 scholarship. Their faculty members receive $250. Track 2 fellows can receive up to another $1000 for travel.


Applications are due on Friday, March 10. When the application is submitted, it is automatically routed to the faculty mentor, who is required to upload a letter of recommendation by Friday, March 24.


  • University of Central Florida students only.
  • Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors with a UCF GPA of at least a 2.5 and are not graduating before Fall 2017.
  • Students must have a declared major.
  • Students must work with a UCF faculty mentor.
  • Students must adhere to the Policy on Participation. Please review the policy, available online at policy on participation, before submitting an application.
  • Please review our faculty mentory policy prior to submitting an application.
  • It is HIGHLY recommended that applicants attend one of the two workshops on preparing a successful SURF/Grant Application:
    February 27th, 1pm-2pm (SU 223)
    February 28th, 12:30pm-1:30pm (SU 223)