Mellon Mays Fellowship

The Mellon Mays application cycle for this year has closed. 

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) aims to increase the number of underrepresented minorities who earn PhDs in certain fields. Sophomores with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities and an interest in pursuing graduate study in one of the fields listed below are eligible to apply.

Anthropology & Archaeology Geological Sciences Performance Studies/Theatre
Area Studies (Africana, Gender, etc.) History Philosophy
Art History Linguistics Physics and Astronomy
Classics Literature in English & other Languages Political Theory
Computer Science Mathematics Religion
Ecology and Environmental Science Marine Science Sociology
Film and Media Studies Music/Ethnomusicology  


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 and culminates in a thesis. Such research helps prepare Mellon Fellows for graduate study in their chosen discipline.


Mellon Fellows participate in a seminar designed to provide information about and discussion of 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.

Other Benefits

Fellows who remain in good standing with the program receive a stipend for two summers and four semesters. Additional funding may be available 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. See the Mellon Foundation's website for additional benefits.

Application Materials 

See UFUNDS for additional instructions.

  1. a statement of purpose (guidelines provided in UFUNDS)
  2. a resume, highlighting any research you may have done and activities that would demonstrate your commitment to eradicating racial inequality
  3. your internal academic record
  4. recommendation letters from 2 professors (not graduate students) who know your academic work

For more information, contact Dean Besenia Rodriguez, Coordinator of the Mellon Mays Program.

Learn more about Dr. Benjamin E. Mays

See a list of publications written by scholars who were once Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows

Get to know MMUF Fellows in the class of 20132014 and 2015