NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowships (NURF)

Siena Mantooth 2017 NURFFellowship recipient Siena Mantooth and faculty advisor Prof. Matthew Webber.

Each year, NDnano awards several undergraduate summer research fellowships. Students awarded a fellowship will conduct their research within an exciting team atmosphere, working with an NDnano faculty mentor, postdocs, and graduate students in the University’s science and engineering labs or core facilities.

For the summer 2018 NURF program, NDnano has compiled several research projects from engineering and science faculty who are affiliated with the Center. The projects offer motivated undergraduates* the opportunity to learn more about a specific area of research, gain valuable skills, and be part of a cutting-edge research project in nanoscience or nanoengineering.

Each NURF position is full time (40 hours/week maximum) and provides a total stipend of $6,000 over a 10-week period (starting as early as May 16 or ending as late as August 3). Students awarded a paid fellowship are responsible for securing their own transportation to the University, housing, and food for the summer. The University offers summer housing and meal plans (detailed information is available at summersession.nd.edu/student-services-resources/), or students can opt to live off campus. For international students accepted into the program, NDnano will assist with the visa process. See section 2 of the Frequently Asked Questions for additional considerations for international students.

Fellowship recipients will be part of Notre Dame’s summer research community and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of social and professional development activities. At the conclusion of their research, each NURF recipient is required to prepare a summary of their project accomplishments for posting on the NDnano website.

Fellowship funding comes from a variety of sources. In 2018, the total number of these competitive fellowships is anticipated to be between 10 and 15. View the project summaries written by past NURF recipients (filter by year).


Review the Frequently Asked Questions or feel free to contact Heidi Deethardt.

The 2018 application process is now closed. Materials are provided for reference only.