Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

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The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program is a long-term effort to help remedy the problem of underrepresentation in the faculty ranks of higher education.  MMUF aims to create a legacy of engaged scholars who will provide opportunities for all students to experience and learn from the perspectives of diverse faculty members.  Established in 1988, MMUF works to achieve its mission by identifying and supporting students of great promise who are enrolled at MMUF member institutions and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction.  The name of the program honors Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, the noted African American educator, statesman, minister, and former president of Morehouse College. MMUF is open to colleges and universities by invitation; however, following a recent period of expansion, the Mellon Foundation is not currently planning to make invitations to additional new institutions. 

MMUF's goals are 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 underrepresented minority groups but have demonstrated a commitment to the goals of MMUF.  The 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 to medical school, law school, or other professional schools.