Application Portal for Summer 2022 will open mid-February! 


The Division of Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship award includes a $4,000 stipend for a 10 week summer research experience. The Fellowship is funded by the Division of Life Sciences, the Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey, and by a generous endowment from Duncan and Nancy MacMillan.

The Fellowship is open to declared Life Science majors (Biological Science (119), Cell Biology and Neuroscience (146), Genetics (447), and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (694)) pursuing novel, independent undergraduate research under the supervision of a  Division of Life Science faculty member from one of the departments listed above. 

You must be eligible to work in the U.S. to be awarded a fellowship.  Preference will be given to students who have not previously been awarded the DLS SURF fellowship.

The SURF committee will also consider the feasibility of the proposed research, the student's GPA, and the rigor of their coursework.

Applicants need to have secured placement in a laboratory with a Research Mentor, who is a faculty member from the CBN, Genetics, or MBB undergraduate programs, prior to applying for this fellowship and should have previous research experience.  This fellowship application requires that the applicant's DLS Faculty Research Mentor provides a letter of support for the applicant and the applicant must prepare a 1-2 page research proposal. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

For 2021, students may apply for either in person research or remote research and  either full- time (40 hrs/week) or part-time (20 hours/week) fellowships for a period of 10 weeks.  All SURF recipients are NOT allowed to register for any summer course credits.  SURF recipients are NOT allowed to receive a concurrent fellowship.

Fellows are required to create a research poster with video presentation to be posted on the Rutgers Senior Exhibit collaboration site by Friday, August 6, 2021.  Guidance will be provided. You can view the poster presentations from our 2020 Summer Fellows on the Senior Exhibit collaboration site!

Application deadline and procedures

There is one single application for the all fellowships offered through DLS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program- the  DLS-SURF, HLS-SURF, HCW-SURF, and HGI-SURF. You may apply for more than one type of fellowship, if eligible. If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(A) Materials to be Contributed by the Student Applicant:

      (1) Application cover page  (download here)

      (2) Current transcript (unofficial)

      (3) CV or resume

      (4) Research proposal (1-2 pages- do not  exceed 2 pages)

Please have all of above information completed before beginning your application on the site. Please use the following link to submit your completed application: DLS Summer Undergraduate Research Program Fellowship Application

(B) Materials to be completed by the Faculty Research Mentor:

      (1) Mentor statement supporting the student’s application, an outline of the laboratory environment, plans for student training and supervision, and certification that the lab possesses sufficient resources to fund the proposed project.

      Faculty must email mentor statements directly to the Director of Undergraduate Advising for Biological Sciences and Coordinator of the DLS Summer Fellowship Program, DThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Completed applications (including Faculty Research Mentor statements) are due by Friday, April 16, 2021.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Award notification: Fellows will be notified around April 23, 2021  and acceptance  must be acknowledged within 1 week of notification.