Mellon Mays Fellowship

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

Purpose: The primary goal of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program is to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the arts and sciences by fostering the undergraduate experience of independent research, nurturing students as scholars, and deepening their awareness of graduate study and the professoriate.The Program thereby aims to reduce over time the serious under-representation on university and college faculties of individuals from certain minority groups as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities.

Eligibility: Candidates may be in their sophomore or junior year at Carleton College. Students from any major at Carleton may apply, but students majoring in MMUF-designated fields or intending to pursue graduate study in them are particularly encouraged to apply and may be given preference in the selection process. U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident (Green Card) Status is required for eligibility.

MMUF-designated fields are: Anthropology, Area Studies (e.g. Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, American Studies, etc.), Art History, Classics, Computer Science, Demography, Earth Science, Ecology, English, Ethnomusicology, Foreign Languages, Geology, History, Literature, Mathematics, Musicology, Philosophy, Physics, Political Theory, Religion, and Sociology 

PLEASE NOTE: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation requires that candidates be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Support: The grant provides fellows with a variety of forms of support:

  • faculty and peer mentoring (in one-on-one and seminar contexts)
  • modest term-time compensation for research activities
  • fellowship support for summer independent research and travel
  • repayment of undergraduate loans of up to $10,000 if a Fellow pursues doctoral study in a Mellon-designated field (see above).  Some MFA degrees are also eligible for $5000 of loan repayment.
  • eligibility for certain forms of additional support during graduate study.

Selection Criteria: Please see the application instructions in the MMUF flyer in the upper right-hand corner.

Deadline: By 5 PM onMonday, February 23, 2015

All student materials (including recommendations) should be received by Michael Hodges at the Office of Intercultural and International Life by the 5:00 pm deadline. 

If recommenders have questions about the submission of their letters of reference, please contact William North or Joy Kluttz as soon as possible.

Questions?  Please visit the MMUF website and contact the coordinators directly for more information or to discuss your interest in the program and the application process.

Fellowship Coordinators:
William North, Assoc. Professor of History, 507-222-4202, Leighton 203A
Joy Kluttz, Director, Office of Intercultural & International Life, 507-222-4013, lower Scoville