ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

American Society of Plant Biologists

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Grant amount: US $4,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 29, 2021 8:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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American Society of Plant Biologists

ASPB is a professional society devoted to the advancement of the plant sciences. It publishes two world-class journals and organizes conferences, and other activities that are key to the advancement of the science.

The American Society of Plant Biologists was founded in 1924 to promote the growth and development of plant biology, to encourage and publish research in plant biology, and to promote the interests and growth of plant scientists in general. Over the decades the Society has evolved and expanded to provide a forum for molecular and cellular biology as well as to serve the basic interests of plant science. ASPB plays a key role in uniting the international plant science disciplines.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) fund promising undergraduate students so they can conduct meaningful research in plant biology during the early part of their college careers. SURF recipients are expected to present their research at ASPB’s annual Plant Biology meeting in the year following the fellowship award and research completion.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Application is open to all full-time undergraduate students in a degree-granting program.
  • Undergraduates needing more or less than the standard four years to earn a degree may still be eligible.
  • International students or students following non-traditional academic calendars are welcome.
  • Students must secure a mentor before submitting an application.
  • The proposed research project must be pursued in the mentor's laboratory.
  • Mentors must be a member of ASPB, have an ongoing research program of high scientific merit, and demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education and research.
  • Competitive student applicants should have high academic achievement, strong motivation and skills for conducting research, and career objectives showing interest in or close relevancy to plant biology.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Mentors (not the undergraduate student) must be a member of ASPB.


  • Students completing their second year are preferred, but well-prepared first- and third-year students who provide evidence of a strong interest in plant biology may apply also.