LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

June 14 - August 19, 2022
Caltech  ·  LIGO Hanford  ·  LIGO Livingston



All Fellows will need a computer; but because the size of the program, we cannot supply computers to students. If at all possible, plan to bring your own laptop.


If you will be working at Caltech: Please try, if at all possible, to arrive at Caltech a day or two before the program begins (June 14) and stay through the last day (August 19). On the last day, we have some student presentations, and a farewell BBQ/party.


Students in the Caltech LIGO Summer program receive a stipend. In 2021, the stipend was $6,620 for 10 weeks. The stipend is taxable. Travel expenses to and from your work site (Caltech, LHO or LLO) are covered by the program; as are expenses associated with a field trip to LHO or LLO during the summer.


Students in the Caltech LIGO Summer Program assigned to Caltech may live in Caltech campus housing during the program. You will be contacted by the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs (SFP) office, in early April, to make arrangements. The total cost for room and board is on the order of 50% of the stipend, and payment will be due only after you receive your stipend; there should be no out-of-pocket costs. Non-Caltech students can move into Caltech housing a couple of days before the program begins. More information is available at the Caltech Housing website. Housing at LIGO's Hanford and Livingston sites will be provided, at a charge that is approximately the same as Caltech housing. Also, arrangements will be made for daily transportation to and from the sites.


Transportation to and from Caltech/Hanford/Livingston at the beginning and end of the program can probably be provided in full for all students.

Site-specific information

Students in the Caltech LIGO Summer Program reside either at Caltech or one of the LIGO sites in Washington or Louisiana. Specify your preference(s) on the application.