Apply for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Students in the Center for Tree ScienceUndergraduate Research Fellowship (CTS-URF) program spend 10 weeks at The Morton Arboretum conducting independent research under the mentorship of our Research Scientists and Research Associates. 


Applying for the Fellowship Program


The 2017 program dates are June 12 through August 18. Successful applicants receive a stipend, an opportunity for housing, and a nominal budget for research. Application review will begin January 1 and continue through February 24, 2017. Applications are now closed for the 2017 season.

Application materials to be submitted as one PDF document include:

1. Cover letter (one page maximum), describing why you would like to participate in the CTS-URF program, your career goals and how this program will help you meet them, prior research experience (if any), and your mentor and/or research area preference.
2. Curriculum vitae or resume.
3. Unofficial transcripts from your academic institution.

In addition, a letter of reference from an instructor or advisor from your academic institution should be sent to the following email address:


Please contact with questions.