Taylor and Gold Summer Research Fellowships

Recipients of the William W. and Ida W. Taylor and James S. Gold Faculty-Mentored Research Fellowships receive $4,000 grants to work on a faculty-mentored research project during the summer. The fellowships provide opportunities for students to continue work they may already have begun with a faculty mentor, to get a head start on a Senior Honors Thesis, or to travel to distant libraries, labs, or archives that might otherwise be beyond reach. Applications are encouraged from all disciplines.


All Honors Carolina students who are in good academic standing and will graduate after November 2019 are eligible to apply for Taylor and Gold Fellowships for summer 2019. Applicants should plan to engage in undergraduate research for at least nine weeks, working a minimum of 20 hours per week, during the summer. Projects must be supervised by a UNC faculty research advisor, and additional collaboration with a postdoctoral fellow or graduate student mentor is encouraged.

Students who have received a SURF award in previous years are not eligible to apply. SURF recipients may not accept a Burch Fellowship, Carolina Blue Fellowship, or Robinson Honors Fellowship for the same summer.

How to Apply

The Taylor & Gold Fellowships are part of UNC’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, and all Honors Carolina students who receive a SURF fellowship will be considered. SURF applications should be submitted to the Office for Undergraduate Research.

The deadline to apply for a 2020 Honors Summer Research Fellowship will be early in the Spring 2020 semester.