KNI SURF-the-WAVE Fellowships

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The Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology established the SURF-the-WAVE Fellowships Program to offer opportunities for motivated undergraduates interested in carrying out a summer research project in nanoscience. Working in conjunction with Caltech’s Student-Faculty Program office and its summer undergraduate research fellowships programs, KNI SURF-the-WAVE Fellowships are designed for non-Caltech undergraduates who plan to pursue a PhD in science or engineering. The KNI is an active supporter of diversity and inclusion on campus; students from underrepresented backgrounds in the sciences are encouraged to apply.

It is highly recommended that candidates reach out to individual faculty members or KNI technical staff with whom they would like to work prior to submitting SURF applications. You may find more information about KNI faculty board members, KNI-affiliated faculty members, and the KNI Assistant Director of Staff Research on our website.

Successful candidates will develop and conduct a research project and work alongside Caltech faculty, staff, graduate student researchers and/or postdoctoral scholars throughout the 10-week period. During the course of the summer, SURF-the-WAVE prize fellows will participate in activities within the KNI community as well as other events sponsored by Caltech’s SURF and WAVE programs office.

This prize fellowship covers the SURF or WAVE full salary, as well as up to $2,000 to defray housing expenses.


Caltech SURF and WAVE Program Information

Caltech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program is one of the “crown jewels” of Caltech. Since 1979, SURF students have had the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of experienced mentors working at the frontier of their fields. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity from beginning (defining and developing a project) to end (presenting their results at SURF Seminar Day).

Caltech's WAVE program was designed to promote diversity within its educational programs and activities and strives to ensure that differing cultural, ethnic, social, geographic, and economic perspectives are represented. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally or financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.


Important Dates and Other Information (Summer 2020 Program)

This fellowship is open to non-Caltech undergraduates. Research projects must be related to nanoscience and can be experimental or theoretical.

In order to be considered for the KNI SURF-the-WAVE fellowship, applicants must apply directly through the official SURF or WAVE application websites.

The application deadline for Caltech’s WAVE fellowship program is January 12, 2020.

The application deadline for Caltech's SURF fellowship program is February 22, 2020.

To learn more about the materials required for SURF or WAVE applications and to apply, please visit Caltech's Student Faculty Program (SFP) website.

Potential SURF applicants: please check out the Announcements of Opportunity (AO) page on the SURF website for specific projects that may be of interest to you. Mentors have posted AOs for projects in which they are looking to hire a SURF fellow. Be sure to check this webpage regularly for newly posted project opportunity listings.

Please direct any inquiries about the KNI SURF-the-WAVE Fellowships Program to: kni@caltech.edu.

Learn about our 2019 cohort of KNI SURF-the-WAVE prize fellows here.