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The Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is designed to allow sophomores, juniors, and seniors the opportunity to conduct in-depth research projects in their specific fields of study. Each student must have a faculty mentor, along with a well-developed proposal.

All types of undergraduate research are eligible for support, and all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. In addition to science, engineering, and mathematics projects, this program will support, for example, an art major who wants to sculpt a major project. Funds are provided for students to travel to conferences and present their accomplishments.

Funding will not begin until January and may be up to $3,250 for the student, plus $750 for the mentor, with lesser amounts awarded depending on the grant period. If you are graduating in May, then your funding must end in May at graduation.


  • U.S. citizen, resident alien, or national
  • Minimum of 30 hours of college credit at time of funding
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher at time of application
  • Support from faculty mentor

Campus Contact

Jonathan Langley
Associate Director, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards
(479) 575-2716

Informational Sessions

The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards will hold informational sessions both in-person and online to discuss the SURF award and application process. The fall 2021 meetings are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, September 8, 4:00 p.m., in the Grad Ed Auditorium (in-person)
  • Tuesday, September 14, 5:00 p.m., in the Poultry Science Auditorium (in-person)
  • Wednesday, September 29, 4:00 p.m., Zoom (online)

If you plan to attend the online meeting, please email to receive the log-in information.

If you are unable to attend a meeting but would still like information regarding the SURF program, please email Jonathan Langley (

Application Registration

Applicants must complete and submit an online registration form prior to completing the SURF application. Upon registering, the student will receive a link to the SURF application packet, which includes the application form and detailed instructions.

Registration for the 2021-22 award period is now open. Complete the registration form to receive the application documents.

For more information, see the 2021 SURF Keynote (2 MB).


Applications for 2021-2022 SURF funding will be submitted electronically.

All students will have their application reviewed before submission. There are two options for turning in an application:

  • In the first half of October, students may have their application reviewed during a Microsoft Teams appointment they schedule with the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards.
  • On October 14th and 15th, 2021, any registrants who have not submitted their application will have their application reviewed by a University of Arkansas faculty or staff member during a Microsoft Teams appointment. These appointments will be available to choose at the beginning of October.

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs handles disbursement of awarded SURF funds, and has information about the program and the disbursement process on their website.