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.
- 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
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.
Any questions should be directed to:
Associate Dean, Institute for Global Citizenship
Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese