Faculty are essential to a successful MMUF program on campus. As mentors to MMUF fellows, faculty members demystify the formal and informal aspects of conducting research, applying to graduate school, competing effectively once in a graduate program, earning the doctorate, and pursuing faculty careers. Furthermore, MMUF depends on faculty to identify and encourage promising students of color in the humanities and social sciences to apply to the program.

Research is key to the MMUF experience, and we give fellows intensive, tailored, and ongoing research experience that begins at an earlier point in their careers than is typical for most college undergraduates. Thus, each MMUF fellow is expected to conduct an individual research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, culminating in a final thesis paper or presentation during the senior year, most often the BA thesis expected of their major department. Read more about our core values here.

For recommenders: The MMUF program is for students who desire a path in academia and wish to eventually apply to PhD programs. Our approach is rigorous and highly individualized, so learning about their intellectual development and capacity and their research aspirations in addition to their academic talent is key for this fellowship.