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Summer Undergraduate Research Program


Applications for the 2022 University of Toronto Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in astronomy and astrophysics are now closed. Please check back in the winter of 2022, for applications for 2023. 

The annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Toronto is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students in astronomy, physics or engineering to prepare for a career in scientific research.

The program typically runs from May to August. Throughout the program students have the opportunity to:

  • Experience what a career in research is like by independently conducting a project related to on-going astronomical research at U of T
  • Collaborate with U of T astronomers
  • Improve their research writing and communication skills
  • Learn about research being conducted at U of T
  • Participate in U of T public outreach activities

Students work with astronomers from the Dunlap Institute or the David A Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, (DADDAA), depending on their research interest, choice of research project, or supervisor.

SURP offers students an opportunity to work at the leading centre for astronomical research in Canada, at the leading research university in the country.

SURP is open to students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and would like to apply, you must:

  • be a full-time student at the University of Toronto; or
  • be a full-time student in a Canadian university and have an off-campus work permit; or
  • have a work permit allowing you to work with the University of Toronto

You can apply if you have participated in the U of T astronomy & astrophysics SURP in previous years.

If you have any further questions, please email the SURP committee.

Students applying to SURP may also be interested in CITA’s SURF program, for which a limited number of projects are cross-listed.