CCS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

College of Creative Studies (CCS) summer fellowships are key to undergraduate experiential learning at CCS. Providing UCSB CCS students in all eight majors the opportunity to conduct research, produce original creative work or innovate entrepreneurial-focused projects guided by UC Santa Barbara faculty, awardees are selected by a faculty advisory committee.

The 2021 application period is now closed. A stipend of approximately $3,000 is provided for a 10-week project period (the amount may be modified based on COVID accommodations*) and can be used for any needs to support summer research including project-related and/or living expenses. Award amounts may vary with the duration of the project. Awards will be credited to awardees’ BARC accounts starting in early July.

Applicants must be UCSB College of Creative Studies students in strong academic standing to be eligible. For more on eligibility and other details, please see documentation in the Program Information box on this page.

Awardees are expected to report the results of their experience including participation in our annual undergraduate conference, RACA-CON.

For more information see the 2021 Program Information documentation linked on this page. For any questions, please reach out to CREATE@CCS.UCSB.EDU.

*COVID accommodations are possible with this year’s fellowships. Applicants should proactively consult with their faculty directors to coordinate arrangements and confirm plans with CCS staff.

Check out what some past fellowship recipients had to say about the program. 

"...This was just the perfect mix of something that I have never actually been able to pursue, but was always interested in." 

- Aaron Peng, CCS Physics

"The fellowship is an opportunity to take a project and go big with it."

- Sam Rankin, CCS Art

"...Opened my mind to the way things can be innovated."

- Alex Cicconi-Kasper, CCS Computing