Apply to the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

Questions to Consider Before Applying

In order to determine whether your goals and the mission of the MMUF program are in alignment, please consider researching and discussing the following questions with faculty and graduate students:

  1. What are my research interests and what would make a strong MMUF project?
  2. Is there a faculty member that I would 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 designated fields? (listed on the MMUF Eligible Fields of Study page).
  4. What is graduate study like and what could I do with a PhD?
  5. What do faculty members do and would I want to be a faculty member?
  6. What is it like to be a graduate student?


  1. Sophomore or Junior student planning or considering graduate study toward a PhD in one of the Mellon designated fields
  2. 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

Mentor Identification

You should identify a faculty mentor with whom you would like to work during the fellowship period, and a specific research topic, designed collaboratively with your chosen mentor, for the first summer of the program.

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.

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

Application for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship is highly competitive. Applications for the next cohort of Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows are available here. Please note that applications will require both a Faculty Reference Form (a letter of support) as well as a Faculty Mentor Support Form (a faculty who will serve as the students 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).