Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The goal of the MMUF program is to identify and support underrepresented students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity, who are interested in earning a doctorate in the core fields of arts and sciences and becoming future faculty. The Claremont Colleges MMUF program will select an inaugural cohort of 10 students in spring 2019, with an eventual cohort size of 20 students from across the colleges each year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Rising juniors (current sophomores) at any of the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges
  • Minimum GPA of 9.0 (3.0 on 4.0 scale)
  • Students should be citizens, permanent residents, DACAmented, or undocumented residents of the United States
  • Students should not be planning to study abroad or participate in an academic exchange program at another institution for more than one semester during their junior or senior year.
  • Students should demonstrate potential for academic leadership and serving as a mentor for students from underrepresented backgrounds, including African American, Latino/a, Native American, and other underrepresented minority students
  • Must also demonstrate commitment to the goals of MMUF: to reduce the serious underrepresentation on faculties of individuals from minority groups, to understand the barriers faced by underrepresented students, to break down stereotypes, and to address the consequences of these racial disparities for the educational system itself and for the larger community it serves.
  • Students’ intended major must encompass one of the following fields and disciplines as well as have a stated commitment to pursue graduate studies in one of these fields and disciplines:

Anthropology and Archaeology

Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies

Art History


Geography and Population Studies


Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus)

Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Music Theory

Foreign Languages and Literatures




Performance Studies (theoretical focus)

Philosophy and Political Theory

Religion and Theology


Theater (theoretical focus)

  • Interdisciplinary Studies: Interdisciplinary areas of study may be eligible if they have one or more eligible fields at their core, but must be approved by the MMUF staff at the Mellon Foundation on a case-by-case basis. Please note that interdisciplinary education graduate programs, even those that incorporate one or more eligible fields, are not eligible for MMUF graduate benefits.

Fellows will be selected based upon a holistic assessment of their qualifications.  All students are welcome to apply for MMUF, though applications are particularly encouraged from African American, Latino/Latina students, Native Americans, and other underrepresented minorities.


February 15th, 2019

Application Information

  1. Complete and submit the Claremont College MMUF fellowship application.
  2. Submit a transcript (unofficial transcripts are accepted) to be uploaded with your application
  3. Submit a Resume listing any academic honors, student leadership positions, co-curricular activities, community engagement/involvements, and work experience, to be uploaded with the application
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation (at least one from a faculty member)
  5. Optional: Submit a Faculty Research Mentor Statement Form (if you identify in your application the faculty member who has agreed to serve as your mentor)

Undergraduates selected to participate in The Claremont Colleges’ MMUF  Program  will be notified at a date TBD.

Additional Information


For more information please visit the Mellon Mays website



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