Apply for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

The MMUF is a national program supporting underrepresented students as they work toward applying to graduate school in a range of fields in the humanities and social sciences.

The program provides summer and academic year fundingmentorship, and a community of students of similar backgrounds who are all striving toward the same goals of earning a Ph.D.

To learn more…

  • Check out the slides from our October info session (link)
  • Read more details the MMUF national website (link)
  • Connect with MMUF Faculty Coordinator, Prof. Tushar Irani (
  • Connect with MMUF Administrative Coordinator, Dean April Ruiz (

Applications include:

  • An application form (link below)
  • A statement (no more than 1000 words) describing your academic and research interests:
  • How have you selected your major, and which courses or academic activities have served as a foundation for your interests?
  • Which topic(s) or question(s) might you want to pursue through a research project? And what early ideas do you have about how you might develop your research plan? (You do not need to have a fully formed research proposal!)
  • Please also share something about your future goals for graduate study and an academic career.
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member who can speak to your academic work and interests, and your possible pathway to graduate school. (Additional letters are not required.)
  • An interview. (Students will be invited to interview after the application deadline.)
A note about eligibility:
  • The MMUF program is a national program within the USA, and eligibility is limited to US citizens and permanent residents
  • If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident and you’d like information about other scholarships and opportunities, please email Dean April Ruiz (, who can pass along a list and also names of other folks on campus who can advise you on this path.

Applications and recommendations are due Sunday, February 5