Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship is an upper-division honors program designed to attract highly qualified minority students and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities. These students are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in more than 20 select fields in the humanities and social sciences. The program's goal is to diversify the faculties at colleges and universities around the country.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship provides students with faculty mentors, research experience and colloquia in which fellows hear from faculty of color about their experiences as academics, and in which fellows discuss their own research and academic progress. The program also helps students take practical steps toward graduate study: They receive assistance preparing for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), choosing graduate schools, drafting personal statements for their applications, and obtaining suitable faculty recommendation letters.

Mellon fellows receive partial scholarships for up to four semesters as well as a maximum of two summer research fellowship stipends. Funding is also available to assist students in repaying undergraduate student loans while they are in an approved Ph.D. program.