CSFN Sponsored Summer Fellowship


Application materials should be received by CSFN no later than Monday, April 3rd for the summer of 2023.

Eligiblity and Requirements


To be eligible for a SURF Fellowship, you must:

  • Be a continuing undergraduate student or have just completed your baccalaureate degree
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale


Upon receiving a SURF award, students accepting the fellowship agree to fulfill the following requirements:

  • To devote full effort to conducting the SURF project (Fellows are discouraged from simultaneously holding part-time jobs)
  • To participate in the project for a full 10 to 12-week period beginning in either late May or early June except by special arrangement with the faculty sponsor
  • To participate in the poster session in mid-August reporting the results of their research

Research Areas

In addition to projects in Cellular & Molecular and Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience, the CSFN is also interested in sponsoring student summer research projects that focus on the intersection of neuroscience with the Humanities, Arts & Education fields. These projects may include a non-neuroscience UM faculty mentor and be designed as either an independent or collaborative effort with other CSFN faculty.

Many of the UM faculty interested in mentoring SURF students, as well as their areas of research, can be found at http://hs.umt.edu/neuroscience/faculty/default.php

W.M. Keck Neuroscience, Humanities, and Education Scholars

A number of the summer undergraduate research fellowships will be funded through support generously provided by the W.M. Keck Foundation as part of the UM project: Neuroscience: a novel perspective for the campus-wide integration of STEM, Liberal Arts, and Education curricula.

Stipend Details

SURF Fellows can expect to earn approximately $4,000-$5,000 (pre-tax) during their fellowship. Wages will be subject to state and federal taxation. Fellowships do not include housing and transportation costs. On-campus housing is sometimes available for the summer; fellows should research available housing through the ASUM Off-Campus Renter CenterHousing Finder, the Missoula Craigslist, and/or through the Missoulian Classifieds.