Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is pleased to announce the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program to MMUF students who are pursuing doctoral study in eligible fields. The fellowship is open to all students who are first enrolled at one of the MMUF member institutions are eligible to apply.The MMUF program is designed to encourage fellows to enter Ph.D. programs that prepare students for professorial careers.The program will provide many forms of support, including regular, structured programming, faculty mentoring, term-time stipends for research activities, support for summer research etc.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation was established as a nonprofit philanthropic organization in June 1969 with a mission to “aid and promote such religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes as may be in the furtherance of the public welfare or tend to promote the well-doing or well-being of mankind.”


  • To be eligible for selection as an MMUF fellow, students must be planning to study in one or more of the below fields: Anthropology and Archaeology, Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies, Art History, Classics, Geography and Population Studies, English, Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus), Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Music Theory, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Linguistics, Literature, Performance Studies (theoretical focus), Philosophy and Political Theory, Religion and Theology, Sociology, Theater (theoretical focus).
  • In order to be eligible for MMUF, students must first be enrolled at one of the MMUF member institutions.
  • The following criteria are weighed in selecting participants for MMUF:
  1. Academic promise (some schools have a minimum GPA cutoff, others do not)
  2. Interest in pursuing an academic career in an eligible field (a list of the eligible fields can be viewed here)
  3. Potential for serving as a mentor and teacher for a wide variety of students
  4. Race and ethnicity, in relation to their underrepresentation in designated fields of study
  5. Demonstrated commitment to the goals of MMUF: to reduce the serious underrepresenta­tion on faculties of individuals from minority groups, as well as to address the consequences of these racial disparities for the educational system itself and for the larger society that it serves. Examples of such commitment might include serious undergraduate research into racial dispari­ties in higher education, a strong record of tutoring students from underrepresented groups, sustained mentoring of children from such groups, or other forms of community service or leadership activities in campus or off-campus organizations.
  6. Availability for, and commitment to, full and enthusiastic participation in all aspects of the MMUF program, including attendance at conferences and meetings
  7. Status as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (except for students at the University of Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape, and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa).
  • All students are welcome to apply for MMUF, though applications are particularly encouraged from African-Americans, Latinos and Latinas, Native Americans, and other under­represented minorities (URM).

How to Apply:

  • To apply, the applicant may log-in or register through the given link:
  • The application process varies from campus to campus, but generally includes a written statement of purpose, one or more recommendations from faculty members, an academic transcript, an interview with the selection committee, and other requirements according to each institution’s procedures.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • The fellowship provides fellows with many forms of support, including regular, structured programming, faculty mentoring, term-time stipends for research activities, support for summer research, and repayment of undergraduate loans up to $10,000 (provided that fellows pursue doctoral study in eligible fields).
  • The fellowship is not awarded directly to individual students, instead, the Mellon Foundation awards grants to the program’s member institutions, which then select fellows and administer the program on each campus.

Application Deadline:


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