Macalester Mellon Fellows

Established in 1988 by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program aims to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue a Ph.D. and enter the professoriate in selected core fields.

Through the SSRC-Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program, Fellows also receive continued support as they pursue a doctorate. It consists of a targeted series of grants and seminars, beginning with the early stages of graduate school and continuing through the post-Ph.D. years.

Each year Macalester College selects up to five talented sophomores to participate in the program.

MMUF Educational Timeline and Opportunities (Undergrad and Graduate)

Program Benefits

  • Conduct an individual research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor during junior and senior year
  • Participate in a weekly two-credit seminar led by the MMUF faculty coordinator
  • Travel to an annual regional conference
  • Become part of an exceptional community of diverse scholars
  • Receive financial support in the form of summer and semester stipends, as well as GRE preparation and research expenses
  • Undergraduate loan repayment up to a total of $10,000 for fellows that enter a Ph.D. program in a Mellon designated field within 39 months of graduation

Eligible Fields of Study

Anthropology and Archaeology

Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies

Art History


Geography and Population Studies


Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus)

Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Music Theory

Foreign Languages and Literatures




Performance Studies (theoretical focus)

Philosophy and Political Theory

Religion and Theology


Theater (theoretical focus)

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program is administered at 48 colleges and universities nationwide, three South African universities and a consortium of historically black colleges and universities within the membership of the United Negro College Fund.

Learn More: Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program Web Page


Any questions should be directed to:

Faculty Coordinator
Karin Vélez
Associate Professor, History
(651) 696-6254

Administrative Coordinator
Matthew Katsaros
Staff Assistant, Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship
(651) 696-6382