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Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship | SURF


 Important Note: The following information is intended as a general overview of the program for those applying, or who are considering applying, for the scholarship and is not intended to be a comprehensive compilation of program requirements. For complete information, please refer to the program’s rules and regulations.

Disclaimer: The laws, rules, regulations, award amounts, amount of awardees, eligibility criteria, funding per program, etc. are subject to change at any point prior to, during or after application through the SAMS application. These changes will be based on changes in law or funding provided by the Arkansas General Assembly. It is understood that ADHE is not at fault for any changes that occur to any financial aid program. In addition, awards for all ADHE programs are limited by the availability of funds.

Designed to allow undergraduate students to conduct in-depth research projects in their specific fields of study with the assistance of faculty mentors.

 Scholarship Deadline to Apply

Annual Deadline
November 1

 Detailed Description

Basic Eligibility Criteria

An applicant must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien
  • Be enrolled in an approved Arkansas institution of higher education as a full-time student, as defined by ADHE
  • Be enrolled in a program of study that leads to or is creditable toward a baccalaureate degree
    • Programs include baccalaureate and associate degree programs
  • Have completed at least 30 semester credit hours before funds are awarded
  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.25 grade point average
  • Have a tenured or full-time faculty member to serve as their mentor
  • Submit the following documents:
    • SURF cover page (signed by mentor and institutional official)
    • Mentor form and mentor’s vita (2 page maximum)
    • Student form and student vita
    • Current transcript and listing of current semester classes
    • One page summary of proposed research
    • Description of proposed research (maximum of 5 pages, double spaced)
    • Budget and budget justification forms
    • Letter of support from mentor
    • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members
    • Original application and one copy

Continuing Eligibility Criteria

  • Student may compete for additional years but cannot receive more than three years of funding.

Award Amounts

  • The amount of the fellowship awarded to each recipient shall be as follows:
    • $4,000 Maximum SURF Award
      • $1,250 maximum award (Student Stipend)
        • Spring only ($625 maximum award)
        • Spring & Summer ($1,250 maximum award)
        • Spring & Fall ($1,250 maximum award)
        • Spring, Summer & Fall ($1,250 maximum award)
      • $750 maximum award (Student Travel)
      • $750 maximum award (Mentor Award)
      • $1,250 maximum award (Institution Match)

 Other Information

Application Preparation Assistance: If you require technical assistance with preparation of your application, please contact Quinton Morgan at 501-371-1064.

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