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Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

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Academic Level:
Undergraduate Students

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) is one of the Foundation’s premier programs and the centerpiece of the Foundation’s long-term effort to help remedy the serious shortage of faculty of color in higher education. MMUF aims to create a legacy of qualified and gifted scholars of color who, along with others committed to eradicating racial disparities, 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 and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction.

The fundamental objective of MMUF is to increase the number of students of color (particularly African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans), and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the arts and sciences. The program aims to reduce over time the serious underrepresentation on the faculties of individuals from these groups, as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities. The program serves the related goals of structuring campus environments so that they will be more conducive to improved racial and ethnic relations, and of providing role models for all youth.Current Programs

The MMUF program is administered by approximately one hundred campus coordinators at 42 institutions, and a consortium of 39 historically black colleges and universities within the membership of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Five rising juniors are chosen on each campus every year, and 25 for the UNCF consortium schools.
nationwide program

Participating Institution(s):
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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Computer Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
General Earth & Agriculture Sciences
Geological Sciences
Philosophy & Ethics

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Page last updated 3/10/2022
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