Non-Yale Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities at Caltech offer 10-week immersive summer research fellowships for undergraduates. The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program is one of the “crown jewels” of Caltech. In 2022, Fellows will receive a $6,840 award for the ten-week period. 

Caltech’s WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of students historically marginalized in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and making Caltech’s graduate programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to racially minoritized communities, women (in certain fields), first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally or financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities. All applicants will be considered without regard to race or gender. The 2022 WAVE Fellows award (stipend) $6,840 for the ten-week period, plus a $2,300 on-campus housing and travel supplement. Caltech housing is available and we strongly encourage all Fellows to live on campus. 

The Kavli Nanoscience Institute (KNI) at the California Institute of Technology established the SURF-the-WAVE (STW) Prize Fellowships program to provide opportunities for motivated undergraduates who are interested in carrying out cutting-edge summer research projects in nanoscience at Caltech. In partnership with the Student-Faculty Programs (SFP) office and its WAVE summer program, KNI STW Prize Fellowships are awarded to undergraduates at non-Caltech universities who plan to pursue PhDs in science or engineering. This prize covers the full $6,840 WAVE salary, $2,300 to defray housing expenses, up to $500 in travel support, and complimentary access to the KNI Laboratory for their research. The KNI strongly encourages students from all backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and abilities to apply. In order to be considered for the KNI SURF-the-WAVE prize, students must complete and submit a WAVE application through the Student-Faculty Programs website. Read full instructions and details here: https://sfp.caltech.edu/undergraduate-research/programs/wavefellows.

US Department of Energy Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Interships (SULI) The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 16 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission. Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May through August) or 16 weeks in duration for the Fall (August through December) and Spring (January through May) Terms. Each DOE laboratory offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms. Additional DOE internships can be found at Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates to Federal Careers and the DOE’s Stipend-based Internships page

NCI Division of Cancer Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Program Undergraduate students interested in solving complex problems in cancer through interdisciplinary research.  The application is open to rising Junior and Senior undergraduates with 0-1 years of research experience. Applicanst must be eligible to work in the United States. A $4000 stipend, in addition to free housing, support for travel to/from the research institution, and a two-day Research Conference at the NIH in Bethesda, MD, will be awarded to the recipient. 

The Hertz Fellowship provides financial and lifelong professional support for the nation’s most promising graduate students in science and technology. The fellowship includes up to five years of funding, valued at up to $250,000, and the freedom to pursue innovative projects wherever they may lead. In addition, fellows take part in ongoing mentoring, symposia, and workshops with our vibrant community of more than 1200 fellows, a set of peers who span disciplines, generations, and geography. The Hertz Fellowship application opens Monday, August 15, 2022, and the deadline is Friday, October 28, 2022, at 11:59 pm PST.

Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago offers summer programs for students that are interested in careers in medicine/medical research. 

OHSU Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology Summer Research Internship  provides students with initial experiences required to be competitive for science related continued education and future careers.

“Future Physicist International Summer Camp” at University of Science and Technology of China  provides hands-on physics research for two weeks in a multicultural environment.

DAAD RISE Worldwide offers summer research internships with research groups at German universities and research institutes. Researchers from accredited universities and non-profit research institutions can submit an internship offer for which German students from the fields of engineering, natural and earth sciences, medicine, computer science or related disciplines may apply. A successful applicant will receive a DAAD scholarship to carry out a research stay in your working group. DAAD scholarships to help cover living expenses and travel costs. Internship projects can be submitted online from September 1, 2022 - October 15, 2022.

Environmental Science Internships  provide support for summer research projects and internships relating to environmental issues.

Michael Manzella Fellowship  provides support for summer projects in cancer-related research.

NIH-NIDDK/KUH Summer Research Opportunity  prepares undergraduate students who are interested in developing careers as scientific investigators in biomedical research.

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research  Since 1922, the Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research (GIAR) program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning. Application deadlines for the Spring cycle: March 15 and for the Fall cycle: October 1. 
The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from most areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Sigma Xi strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinx, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, or Native Hawaiians.

Yale-UC Louvain Summer Research  program offers engineering summer research internships in Belgium. The dynamic of the program remains the same; i.e. to allow qualified candidates from each university to advance both their studies and global competencies with HANDS-ON-INTERNSHIPS overseas. Each summer, Yale students will be able to complete an internship in a lab linked to the Louvain School of Engineering, in one of the following research institutes: Institute for Information and Communication Technologies, Electronics and Applied Mathematics (ICTEAM)Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences (IMCN)Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering (IMMC), and the Louvain Institute of Data Analysis and Modeling in Economics and Statistics (LIDAM).

CanSUR  The goal of the Cancer-focused Summer Undergraduate Research program is to generate excitement for a future career in cancer research in highly motivated undergraduates and help them prepare for the next stage of their careers. The CanSUR Program supports 32 undergraduates for a 10-week period (June through August) each summer. Undergraduates will be accepted from colleges and universities from across the country to work with one of 82 Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) researchers. Stipends of $4,000 are provided for the 10-week program. Housing and travel allowances are available for select appointees.

Slifka Center Travel Grant applications  Yale College Science & QR and Slifka Center encourage Yale STEM majors to consider a summer lab internship in Israel. Such students are welcome to apply to two fellowships that can help partially defray the costs of such travel: the Schusterman Israel Travel Grant (up to $3,500) and Elisa Spungen Bildner ’75 and Robert Bildner ’72 Israel Travel Grant (up to $1,500). Students must contact a faculty in an Israeli University and submit a fellowship proposal through the Tetelman Fellowship for International Research in the Sciences. If chosen, students might be able to receive additional funding through the Tetelman to supplement the above funds. 

Yale-Weizmann Israel Science Collaboration Program - This program supports Yale undergraduates who undertake summer research at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. For students doing summer research, the program can provide travel and housing/stipend support. Please contact Dr. Daniel Prober (daniel.prober@yale.edu) for additional information about this program.

Fulbright Canada-Mitacs Globalink Program  is a 10 to 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.

AMGEN Scholars Program is a national program aimed at increasing research opportunities for students committed to pursuing careers in the sciences. At Caltech, we provide visiting students the opportunity to conduct research in biology, chemistry, and bio-technical related fields under the guidance of some of the world’s leading academic scientists. Research projects, along with scientific seminars, workshops, and networking events, prepare participants to pursue a Ph.D. or the joint M.D./Ph.D. degree and research careers in the sciences and biotechnology.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia  (CHOP) Research Institute Summer Scholars Program - CRISSP The program runs from each year from June to August. Interns will receive a $5,000 stipend. Free housing will be available. Need-based travel awards may be requested and will be distributed based on availability. Applications for the summer 2023 will open in December 2022.

Kyoto University Amgen Scholars The Amgen Scholars Program at Kyoto University is eight weeks of intensive research in the sciences. Amgen Scholars will be assigned to one of several Kyoto University departments or interdisciplinary areas that traditionally support science and biotechnology research. These areas may include biochemistry, bioengineering, biotechnology, chemistry, immunology, microbiology, molecular genetics, and neuroscience. 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse Summer Research Internship Program (NIDA) Summer Research Internship Program is designed for undergraduate students from diverse populations to experience drug abuse and addiction research in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. Applicants must be at least 18 years old on or before May 31, 2022 and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Undergradaute School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing offers a two-week program, running from May to June on the theoretical and experimental study of quantum information aimed primarily at students one year away from completing their undergraduate studies. The lectures and experiments are geared toward students in engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, though all interested students are invited to apply.