Carleton College Awarded Funding for Continuation of Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

February 11, 2014

Northfield, Minn.––The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Carleton College a grant of $420,000 to continue the College's Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program.

The Foundation created the Mellon Mays program to foster the undergraduate and graduate educations of talented students belonging to populations that have historically been underrepresented in the American humanities professoriate. Carleton's grant will provide academic-year and summer stipends to up to 20 undergraduate Fellows who will work on humanities education, research, and training. The grant runs through October 2017.

Participants will be chosen through a competitive process designed to identify students who are passionately interested in pursuing a career in higher education. The grant also supports the administration of the grant project, including the leadership team of William North, associate professor of history, and Joy Kluttz, director of the office of intercultural and international life; as well as several faculty members who will serve as mentors to the Fellows. 

Now in its 25th year at Carleton, the Mellon Mays program focuses specifically on Fellows’ later years at college, preparing them for graduate school and beyond by supporting rigorous advanced independent research. Carleton's Mellon Mays Fellows are both regularly recognized for the innovative and interdisciplinary nature of their subjects and the high quality of their research work in both the classroom and field. Participation in the Mellon Mays program allows Fellows to obtain loan-repayment assistance from the Foundation while they are in graduate school. 

The College has received funding for this program continuously since 1989, producing 13 PhDs in humanities fields, with another 13 more currently working on their doctorates. Nineteen Fellows have completed master's degrees in humanities and social science fields; another five are currently enrolled in such programs. 16 Fellows have completed professional degrees in law, business, and the health professions, with three now pursuing similar degrees.