Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF)

Since 2000, Emory's Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) has supported undergraduates who feel called to earn a doctorate, and to teach at the college or university level. Administered by the Department of African American Studies, the MMUF Program also creates opportunities for undergraduates to undertake research projects with Emory faculty members who function as mentors during the two-year period of this fellowship. In addition to joining a national and international network of emerging scholars, Mellon Fellows receive a stipend throughout the academic year, summer stipends, and the forgiveness of a percentage of undergraduate loans while earning a doctorate in a Mellon field or discipline.

In 2003, the Mellon Foundation reaffirmed its commitment and broadened the mission of the MMUF Program. The name of the program was changed from the Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Program to the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program to symbolically connect the mission to the stellar educational achievements of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, former President of Morehouse College and mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. The fundamental objective of the MMUF Program is to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the arts and sciences. This program aims to reduce over time the historic under-representation on the faculties of individuals from certain minority groups (African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans), 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.

Who is eligible to apply to Emory's MMUF Program? Rising juniors with a minimum GPA of 3.2. The Mellon Foundation supports doctoral study in the following fields and disciplines: art history, classical studies, English, foreign languages, American and English literature (including area studies), history, musicology, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, anthropology, demography as well as political theory and other fields that employ historical or philosophical methods. Emoryís MMUF Program aims to achieve its mission by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction.

Through the Department of African American Studies, Emory's MMUF Program provides support to under-graduates who feel called to the vocation of teaching, scholarship and service. For further information about the MMUF Program, students may contact Dr. Dianne Stewart, Coordinator of the MMUF Program, and Dr. Carol Anderson, Co-coordinator of the MMUF Program. To complete the online application for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program please click here.

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MMUF Research Conference
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