To learn about the mission of NIST, the research opportunities available through the SURF Program, and the application process for the SURF Program.
NIST Application Deadline: Anticipated mid-February 2019; Check the website for updates
***Note: Your university deadline could be earlier.
The application cycle for the 2019 SURF Program is anticipated to open in November 2018. NIST does not expect a change in the student application components, thus students are encouraged to began preparing their application packages based on the requirements listed below. The website will be updated in with details for applying to the 2019 program in late Fall.
Applications consist of a student component and university component:
- Student Component - Students must complete the following application components
- Application Checklist
- Student Application Form
- Resume (example resume )
- Transcript - Please submit unofficial transcripts only.
- Two letters of recommendation - Please request the letters from individuals who are knowledgeable about your academic achievements and research experience. Feel free to ask your professors (current and past), research mentors, or internship supervisors.
- Letter of intent or personal statement : The letter should contain information that helps the review committee make an informed decision about the student, such as why the student wishes to participate in the SURF program in Gaithersburg, Maryland and what areas of NIST research interest the student. (example personal statement )
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency: Proof includes a copy of an unexpired U.S. Passport, birth certificate, naturalization certificate, or unexpired green card.
- University Component - The institutional representative completes the proposal and financial forms and submits them with the student application via Grants.Gov.
- Federal Forms - SF-424, SF-424A, SF-424B, CD-511, and SF-LLL (optional) (see instructions )
- Proposal - Provides background information about the academic institution such as degree programs, university accolades, and the names/description of students nominating to participate in the program. (see sample proposal )
- Submits Items 1 and 2 in addition to the student application component via Grants.Gov.
The student applicant's academic institution is required to submit the application (student components and university components) for the SURF program online via Grants.gov. On Grants.gov , the institutional contact can download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit the application package and associated proposal information via the Grants.gov website. Institutions should follow the Application Instructions provided at Grants.gov when submitting a response to this funding opportunity. Additionally, institutional contacts are encouraged to start early and not wait to the approaching due date before logging on and reviewing the instructions for submitting an application through Grants.gov . NOTE: NIST can only extend application submissions under special circumstances (i.e. weather conditions) as outline in the Federal Funding Opportunity. Furthermore, applications to the NIST SURF Program are only accepted from institutional representatives not student applicants. If you are a student unable to locate your university contact, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SURF Program at the Gaithersburg campus is anticipated to run between May 29 – August 10, 2018 or June 11 – August 10, 2018; adjustments may be made to accommodate specific academic schedules (e.g., a limited number of 9-week slots). Students are expected to participate in the program until August 10, 2018.
You will find a list of frequently asked questions here:
To see the breadth of the SURF program, see examples from the past SURF student projects descriptions and activities: