NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowships (NURF)

Liang Nurf 2019Fellowship recipient Zijuan Liang

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 2023 NURF program, NDnano has compiled several research projects from 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 11. 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.

View the project summaries written by past NDnano fellowship recipients (filter by year).


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

The application process is currently closed. 2023 application materials are still posted for reference only. Check back in early January for summer 2024 opportunities!