The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship offers singular opportunities for intellectual growth and professional development. Fellowship recipients make a significant time commitment in order to conduct the rigorous scholarship required to succeed in their chosen fields of study.


Mellon Fellows participate in a seminar in which students learn about and discuss a range of issues pertinent to the graduate school application process, including research issues, financial considerations, and practical concerns facing students of color contemplating academic careers. Fellows gather in an informal setting at least twice a month to discuss their progress and their experiences. They also travel to scholarly meetings to present their research projects, visit research libraries, or attend conferences relevant to their research. See the sample calendar of activities for additional information.

Other Benefits

In addition to mentoring, fellows who remain in good standing with the program receive:

  • A stipend for two summers ($3900 per summer) and four semesters ($1800 per term);
  • Additional funding for research, travel, and preparation for the GRE;
  • Fellows who enroll in an eligible Ph.D. program within three years of graduating from Brown may receive up to $10,000 in undergraduate loan repayment from the Mellon Foundation;
  • As graduate students, Ph.D. recipients, and faculty members, MMUF Fellows benefit from additional funding and mentoring for their research, teaching, and professional development. The Mellon Foundation describes these benefits in detail.

*Per Brown University policy, students who are awarded the Mellon Mays Fellowship may not receive additional funding from a Brown University department or entity for the same research project or for another proposed full-time summer endeavor. Please consult with Dr. Poloma about any potential conflicts.