Selection Criteria

The following criteria are weighed in selecting participants for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF):

  • Academic promise (some schools have a minimum GPA cutoff, others do not);

  • Interest in pursuing graduate education, especially a PhD, in an eligible discipline of the humanities or humanistic social sciences (a list of eligible fields can be viewed below);

  • Potential for serving as a mentor and teacher for a wide variety of students;

  •  Activities and leadership that reflect an interest in social justice issues and the promotion of multivocality;

  • Availability for, and commitment to, full and enthusiastic participation in all aspects of the MMUF program, including attendance at conferences and regular meetings;

  • Response to a short essay prompt about how the applicant’s life experiences and academic goals would contribute to furthering the goal of a diverse academy; and

  • Status as a US citizen or permanent resident. Students who are undocumented or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients may apply if it is consistent with their institution’s policies.

All students are welcome to apply for MMUF, though applications are particularly encouraged from African Americans, Latines, Native Americans, and other under­represented minorities (URM).

For more information, visit the MMUF Organization eligibility page.