The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF)
The fundamental objective of MMUF is to address, over time, the problem of underrepresentation in the academy at the level of college and university faculties. This goal can be achieved both by increasing the number of students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue PhDs and by supporting the pursuit of PhDs by students who may not come from traditional minority groups but have otherwise demonstrated a commitment to the goals of MMUF. The MMUF program is designed to encourage fellows to enter PhD programs that prepare students for professorial careers; it is not intended to support students who intend to go on to medical school, law school or other professional schools.
Fellows receive stipends ($1,800/semester) during the academic year so that they may have more time to focus on their academic work and research. Fellows are also awarded summer stipends ($3,900) after the sophomore and junior years to conduct research. Additional funding is available to Fellows for related travel.
MMUF program activities further the goal of preparing fellows for graduate school.