Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Supports summer research.

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.

The program helps students foster mentoring relationships with faculty, and supports academic year and summer research in selected fields within the arts and sciences. Applicants should express an interest in pursuing a PhD or MFA.

The fellowship replaces term-time earnings and provides a summer stipend. Five fellows are selected each year, and support is also available for doctoral study.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Wednesday, April 28, 2021


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 of all U-Chicago students admitted to the MMUF

Eligibility Requirements

Second-year undergraduate students at the University of Chicago are eligible to apply if they are US citizens and either:

  • members of a minority group that is underrepresented in higher education (African American, Hispanic, Native American)


  • have a record of commitment to working toward ending racial or ethnic disparity in the academy.

Application Process

Fill out the contact information form on the opportunity's website to continue on to the main MMUF application. An information sheet can be found here: Mellon Mays Information Sheet (PDF).