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Please read the instructions before applying. The application deadline is extended to February 8, 2022.

Click here for the SUNFEST 2022 application.

Please contact if you have any questions or experience any issues with the application.


The SUNFEST application consists of the following:

  • Personal data, educational background, research interests (see sample projects)
  • Names and emails of two references (recommendation letters need to be sent separately; see below)
  • 500-word research statement explaining your interest in the program and career goals
  • Your resume
  • Your transcript (an unofficial transcript can be submitted; however, when accepted you will need to send us an official transcript before the start of the program). If you don’t have a PDF file of your transcript, you can mail it directly to the address below.
  • NOTE: These three files need to be uploaded as PDF files at the time of your application. (1) your resume; (2) one-page research statement and career goals; (3) your transcript.

Recommendation Letters

Letters of recommendation can be mailed directly by the recommender in a sealed/signed envelope, or can be emailed directly to, with the subject line “Recommendation SUNFEST: Your name.” Ask the recommender to use one of these form letters: Sunfest-Recommendation (MS Word) | Sunfest-Recommendation (PDF).

Requirements for Admission

All applicants must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent residency status. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. Successful applicants will be notified during the first week of April.

Program Dates:

May 28-August 6

Application Deadline:

Extended: February 8, 2022