Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships

Deadline 03/06/2017
Contact Shontay Delalue
Website http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Dean_of_the_College/research/mellon-mays_fellowships.php


The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the arts and sciences. The Program works to increase the number of individuals from certain minority groups on university faculties. MMUF aims to achieve its mission by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction.

The MMUF program is administered by over one hundred campus coordinators at 39 institutions in the U.S., 3 universities in South Africa, and a consortium of 38 historically black colleges and universities within the membership of the United Negro College Fund. Since it joined the MMUF consortium in 1992, Brown has supported close to 100 Fellows. Brown MMUF alumni are pursuing doctoral study at Columbia University, University of California at Berkeley, Princeton University, University of Southern California, University of Chicago, Duke University, Yale University, and others. Nationally, nearly 300 Fellows, including eight Brown alumni, have earned their Ph.D. and are now employed at colleges and universities throughout the country.

The MMUF Program has four seminal components:

  • Mentored research: Each Mellon Mays fellow is required to conduct an individual research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor beginning in the summer after the sophomore year. Research continues through the junior and senior years. Such research helps prepare Mellon fellows for graduate study in their chosen discipline.
  • Engagement in an intellectual culture: Fellows meet regularly for scheduled forums, colloquia, and other activities with other fellows, graduate students, and faculty
  • Intensive mentoring and support from a committed Mellon Advisory Board
  • Financial support: Fellows who remain in good standing with the program receive a stipend for each of the two summers of their fellowship and for each semester of their junior and senior years.


Eligible students include underrepresented minorities, or other students with a demonstrated commitment to the goals of the program and to eradicating racial disparities in higher education - including increasing opportunities for underrepresented populations and increasing opportunities for cross-racial and -ethnic understanding. Sophomores who are currently enrolled in or interested in designated disciplines at Brown may apply in the spring term. Successful applicants have demonstrated academic promise and interest in pursing an academic career in Mellon-designated fields of study.


Mellon Fellows participate in a seminar on issues pertinent to the graduate school application process, including research issues, financial considerations, and practical concerns facing students of color contemplating academic careers. Fellows also travel to scholarly meetings to present their research projects, to visit research libraries, or to attend meetings relevant to their research. If a Mellon Undergraduate Fellow enrolls as a full-time student in an eligible Ph.D. program within three years of graduating from Brown, the Fellow may have up to $10,000 of his or her undergraduate student loans repaid by the Mellon Foundation.


 Application Procedure

All applicants must submit a complete application by the campus deadline.

Applications must include the following:

-  A completed Application Cover Sheet signed by the applicant.

- Two (2) faculty recommendations.

- A 1-2 page resume or curriculum vitae.

- An internal academic record (unofficial transcript from Banner)

- A formal Statement of Purpose, not to exceed 1,000 words, in which you:

  • Explain your concentration plans at Brown, including how you presently see yourself as a researcher in that field
  • Discuss your future academic plans, including graduate study
  • Describe in general terms how you plan to fulfill the stated goals of the MMUF Program
  • Provide a sense or a sketch of the kind of research project you would like to begin undertaking at Brown

Candidates selected for an interview with the selection committee will receive formal notification.

Note: Newly selected Fellows should be prepared to participate in research activities at Brown during the summer following the sophomore year, unless they can justify an alternative plan for summer research.

Submit all application materials online via UFUNDS

Applicant files that remain incomplete
after the application deadline will not be reviewed.