Financial Award

If fellows enter a PhD program in a Mellon designated field within 39 months following receipt of the undergraduate degree, they are eligible for up to $10,000 loan repayment (see below). During their time as undergraduates, fellows also receive a $3,900 summer stipend in the summer of their junior and senior years; quarterly stipends of $1,116/quarter, a research fund for seniors of $400, and research travel funds of $600/year,  as well as up to $7,500 for research expenses related to doctoral studies.

Loan Repayment in Graduate School

Once in a PhD program, the MMUF repays guaranteed student loans in installments. The first $5,000 is disbursed in yearly increments of up to $1,250 for four years. The second $5,000 is paid upon receipt of the PhD.

In order for us to be able to make these payments, you must provide us, annually, with a copy of your loan statement as well as with a copy of an official transcript from your graduate institution. The transcript should be accompanied by a note from your graduate school faculty adviser indicating that you are making sufficient progress in your program.

Opportunities while in graduate school

To learn more about the programs run by the Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program, at the Social Science Research Council, please see:

To learn more about programs run by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation specifically for MMUF alumni, please see:

Fellowship Programs Supporting Diversity

Ford Foundation

American Council of Learned Societies