Getting Started

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program is the centerpiece of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s initiatives to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of colleges and universities. This office operates from the foundational principle that diversity in hiring, enrollment, and that encouraging a range of scholarship and scholars in the academy are directly related to the betterment of career opportunities and life opportunities available to scholars, and by extension, to the country.

Two principal goals guide MMUF:

  1. To identify, support and mentor highly qualified undergraduates and to encourage these students to pursue a Ph.D. in fields where diversity has not been historically present.
  2. To increase the number of faculty from underrepresented groups at colleges and universities throughout the country and abroad to bring a wider range of experiences and perspectives to teaching and scholarship.