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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Upcoming Deadlines

The SURF 2024 applications closed at 11:59 pm ET on January 31, 2024. 
Please apply next year if you are eligible.

  • NIST extends offers via email from March 1 -  April 15 
    • Due to a waiting list process, successful applicants must accept promptly after receiving an offer
  • Visit our FAQ page for more information
  • If you submitted your application before the closing date and are receiving a message on USAJOBS that your applicaiton was not submitted, you likely did not use the final return to USAJOBS link when you finished your application. This final step syncs our system up with USAJOBS and notifies them your application was completed. 

SURF 2024 Program Dates

  • Main 11-week program: June 3 – Aug 16
  •  Alternatives to accommodate various academic calendars
    • Offset 11-week program: June 17 – Aug 30
    • 9-week program: June 17 – Aug 16
SURF student Mattie Watson studying nanoscale-sized devices in the nanofabrication laboratory of the Physical Measurement Laboratory. 

NIST summer interns have improved MRI technology, studied medications, and more. Spend your summer with us for 11 weeks of hands-on lab experience with world-class mentors in one of NIST’s six labs or other offices. 

What You’ll Get  

In 2024, we expect to provide $7,810 for the 11-week summer stipend ($710 per week). If you’re participating in person, you’ll need to find your own housing. We will share a list of affordable housing options when you’re selected. Limited financial assistance for housing ($4,500) and travel (up to $500) is available for students who need to relocate for the summer. In-person local participants may receive support for commuting (varies) assistance.

Eligibility and Requirements

You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident able to provide proof on your application. You must be a full-time undergraduate student in an accredited two-year or four-year college in the U.S. First-year undergraduates and graduating seniors (seniors participating in the Winter or Spring Commencement) are eligible and encouraged to apply to the program.

Participants will work 40 hours per week (Monday through Friday during business hours). You must also: 

  • Pass a background check 
  • Provide proof of health insurance 
  • Receive your payments by direct deposit 
  • Be at least 18 years old 

How to Apply

Apply to the SURF program through USAJobs. All documents are required and must be submitted for consideration. Please submit your documents as PDF files if possible. Detailed instructions are available in the program FAQs

Contact Us

surf [at] (surf[at]nist[dot]gov)

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