About MMUF


Each spring, four to six Brown sophomores are selected as Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows. Starting in the summer after their sophomore year, students receive two years of financial support to conduct research and participate in other activities as part of a community of scholars. One or two sophomores participate in the MMUF community as Associates, receiving one summer of funding and participating in MMUF activities alongside Fellows during their junior and senior years.

The MMUF Program has four seminal components:

  • Mentored research: Each Fellow conducts an individual research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Fellows begin their research the summer after the sophomore year and continue through the junior and senior years. Such research helps prepare Mellon fellows for graduate study in their chosen disciplines.
  • Engagement in an intellectual culture: Fellows meet regularly with other Fellows, graduate students, and faculty for forums, colloquia, and other activities.
  • Intensive mentoring and support: Fellows work closely with faculty members in their chosen disciplines and receive additional guidance from Brown's Mellon Faculty Advisory Board and program staff. 
  • 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.

Sample Calendar of Required Activities

Fall Semester

Library Resources and Content Management Early August
2-Day GRE Preparation Course (seniors) Late August
Fall Planning Lunch Mid-September
Summer Research Reports Mid-September
Workshop: Research Design and Getting the Most Out of Mentoring Relationships Late September
2-Day New England Regional Conference: Wesleyan University Late September 
Workshop & Panel: Graduate School Application Process Mid-October
Field trip to GRE Exam (seniors) Mid-October
Writing Retreat for MMUF undergrads, graduate students, and postdocs 1st Saturday in November
Workshop: Planning for a Gap Year, Navigating the Job Search Early November
Institute for Recruitment of Teachers presentation and individual interviews Early November
Under/Graduate Student Mixer Mid-November
Semester Wrap-up
Holiday Party
Early December

Spring Semester

Writing Symposium: Yale University Late February
Thesis Proposal Overview (juniors) Late February
Writing Retreat for MMUF undergrads, graduate students, and postdocs Late February
Mellon Alumni Lecture Early March
Welcome Breakfast for New Fellows Early April
New Fellows Orientation (sophomores) Mid-April
Junior Presentations Late April
Senior Celebration Early May
Senior Research Presentations (open to the public) Early May
Commencement Celebration/Mellon Alumni Keynote Memorial Day Weekend, May