Application Information


As implied in the Mission Statement, current registered (UChicago) second years of African, Caribbean, African-American, Latino/a, or Native American backgrounds, as well as students who show a demonstrated commitment to increasing cross-racial and ethnic understanding, who are interested in enabling others to better understand persons of different races and ethnicities, are eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Students who are selected for the MMUF are eligible for up to two years of financial support.

Only University of Chicago second-year students, serious about pursuing a PhD in one of the MMUF designated fields, should apply to this program. You must meet the eligibility criteria for this fellowship. Please consider these criteria carefully.


The deadline for submitting an application is April 15.

Additional Information

Interest form: If you are a UChicago undergraduate interested in applying to be a Mellon Mays Fellow, please indicate your interest here and we will send updates regarding the application process to you.

UChicago Undergraduates’ Application: Make sure that you are completing the right application. Do not complete the application for the Summer Research Training Program. The application can be found here.

Concerning the MMUF-SRTP: If you are admitted to the MMUF, you are automatically admitted to the MMUF Summer Research Training Program (SRTP). Completing this program is an expectation for all University of Chicago students admitted to the MMUF.  You need not complete the application for the SRTP (Elsewhere in this site you may have noticed a separate application for the SRTP. It is intended for already-admitted MMUF students from other schools.). More info here.

View the printable application brochure here.

Please address any questions that you may have about the application to Elise LaRose. You are encouraged to make an appointment by emailing