Summer Undergraduate Research in the Environmental Sciences (SURES)


The Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies offers funded opportunities for Summer Undergraduate Research in the Environmental Sciences. Students will spend 8 weeks during the summer of 2023 conducting research, analyzing data, and writing up their results with the mentorship of a YIBS-affiliated faculty member at Yale University. Projects may be developed into a senior thesis or scientific publication, depending on student interest. Research activities will be supplemented with a light curriculum oriented towards building research capacity, including responsible conduct of research, statistics in R, scientific writing, and applying to graduate school/funding. In addition to their own project, on-campus participants will learn about the broad range of YIBS research through lab tours and discussion groups, along with behind-the-scenes tours of the Yale Peabody Museum collections. Occasional evening and weekend outings will introduce students to the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Greater New Haven region.


The academic program will run from June 5th to July 28th, 2023. Fellowships will include dormitory housing, a summer stipend of $5,500, expenses for travel to and from campus, and all research expenses. Rising juniors and seniors from 4-year colleges and universities are eligible to apply; applications from students at 2-year programs will also be considered. At this time, stipends can only be provided to US citizens and permanent residents, but we are working on finding a solution to this limitation. Please note that the program cannot guarantee access to an appropriate visa (to visit the US or other project destinations) and that project participation may be contingent on obtaining appropriate visas. 


To apply, please upload a resume and 1-page personal statement and complete the application form by February 21st, 2023. Students will be supported either (1) to work on one of the projects described here, or (2) to develop an independent project with a YIBS-affiliated faculty member. YIBS seeks a diverse pool of applicants for the Summer Undergraduate Research in the Environmental Sciences fellowship. Applicants from historically excluded groups in the environmental sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. Please note that successful candidates will be required to provide proof of vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 and proof of health insurance to visit Yale’s campus. Please also note that any research-related international travel will require a passport and may require additional vaccinations.

Covid Vaccine Requirement: Please note that the university has a COVID-19 vaccination requirement; visit for details. For up-to-date information visit the COVID-19 website.

Finally, YIBS is committed to supporting research opportunities for undergraduates irrespective of the status of the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. In the event that a resurgence of the virus prevents campus access for non-Yale undergraduates, we will pivot the program to an online format, including a remote curriculum and modified research plans.

How to apply

The application process for 2023 is now open, click here to apply. Applications are due no later than February 21st, 2023 at 11:59 PM (Eastern). For any questions or concerns regarding the application process contact