Before applying

Questions to consider

To determine how your personal goals and the mission of the MMUF program align, consider researching and discussing the following questions with faculty and graduate students in your field of interest:

  1. What are my research interests? What would make a strong MMUF project?
  2. Which faculty member would I like to work with on a research project?
  3. Would the type of research I want to pursue lead to a PhD in one of the MMUF Eligible Fields of Study
  4. What could I do with a PhD? Would I want to be a faculty member?
  5. What is it like to be a graduate student?

Applications are open to:

  1. Sophomores or Juniors interested in Ph.D. programs in one of the Mellon-designated fields
  2. Those with a strong interest and/or demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities
  3. Students with US citizenship, permanent resident status (green card holders), and DACA recipients are eligible to apply

The Application Process

Applicants should identify a faculty mentor with whom to work during the fellowship period.  Your faculty mentor should be in the discipline in which you plan to major and in which you plan to attend graduate school. Frequently, our Fellows select their mentors from among the professors with whom they have become acquainted in a course. You also may be able to identify a faculty member whose research interests are close to yours, whether or not you have had him or her in a course.

Applicants should work collaboratively with their chosen mentor to design a specific research topic. This research project will be the focus of the applicant's first summer in the program.

You may apply to the MMUF Program without a faculty mentor or project. Once you have submitted your application you will work with the MMUF program coordinators to work to identify an appropriate mentor prior to the award selection date. Please note that if you apply without a faculty mentor you must obtain two letters of reference from faculty. Refer to the application for more details.

To Apply to Become a Fellow

Applications for the next cohort of Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows are available here. In addition, applications will require both a Faculty Reference Form (a letter of support) as well as a Faculty Mentor Support Form (the faculty selected to serve research mentor).

The deadline for all application materials, including Faculty Reference Letters and Faculty Mentor Support forms, is Friday, March 4 at 5:00 PM EST (GMT -05:00).

Please contact Anna Bernard-Hoverstad if you have any questions about the fellowship or application process.

All students are welcome to apply for MMUF, though applications are particularly encouraged from African-Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, and other under-represented minorities (URM).