Funds for Student Research Expenses

Students may request up to $500 to pay for expenses related to thesis research, independent projects, and special topics research Eligible expenses include: short-term travel, reasonable purchases/rental of equipment, lab, art, and other supplies, scanning, printing, and copying expenses. (Purchase of books and routine supplies equivalent to the usual costs of a regular course are not eligible). Research may take place on or off campus.

  • Eligibility: Students in all class years and all disciplines may apply. 
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  • Deadline: Apply any time — Apply here

Summer Research Opportunities on Amherst’s Campus

Amherst’s SRP and SURF Fellows Programs both offer opportunities to conduct research on campus, and provide a weekly stipend of $410 plus on-campus housing.

SRP Fellowships

For Amherst College students who pursue an immersive research project for 6-8 weeks during the summer. To apply, students submit a research proposal (in any discipline, including the social sciences, humanities, arts, and sciences) and enlist a faculty mentor.

  • Eligibility: Students in all class years and all disciplines may apply. Priority to juniors/rising seniors conducting honors thesis research
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  • Deadline: April 1 — Apply here

SURF Fellowships

For Amherst College students who pursue an immersive research project for 8-10 weeks during the summer in environmental studies, biology, chemistry, biochemistry/biophysics, physics, geology, neuroscience, psychology, mathematics, or statistics. This is a competitive program that places students in labs of faculty investigators conducting original research.

  • Eligibility: Rising sophomores and juniors
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  • The 2017 SURF application period is now closed. Deadline: February 17