The Edward A. Bouchet Fellowship Program, named in honor of Yale College’s first African-American graduate and the first African-American in the United States to earn a PhD, was established to increase the number of students pursuing PhDs and subsequent careers in academia who come from minority backgrounds or have an interest in addressing racial disparities. The program is an effort to improve racial and ethnic relations in university environments and to provide role models for youth.

The Fellowship, which is supported by the generosity of Heaton Robertson ’65, enables students to work on paid research projects during the academic year and to pursue full-time research during the summers between sophomore and junior years and between junior and senior years.

Application Dates and Deadlines

Yale Mellon Mays & Edward A. Bouchet Study Break
Yale Mellon Mays & Edward A. Bouchet Study Break

Eligible Fields of Study

The Edward A. Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowship Program welcomes all fields of academic study. Candidates may apply without regard to nationality or citizenship status.

Application Requirements

The following documents must be received by the application deadline.

  • A short application, which includes two essays
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a classroom instructor at Yale College 
  • Writing sample (up to 10 pages; not restricted to your current or intended major/area of interest)
  • An unofficial copy of your Yale College transcript
  • A completed Faculty Mentor Assignment Form

The Academic Strategies Program at the Poorvu Center is offering the following supports for students applying to the Mellon-Mays & Bouchet Program this spring:

Learn how to approach faculty for mentorship and letters of recommendation.

Bring the work you’ve done on your application to a workshop with Academic Strategies mentors for feedback and guidance on how to refine and revise. 

Applicants are also encouraged to watch this video, as you reflect on why you are thinking about pursuing graduate school: 

Residential College Writing Tutors will be available as of Feb. 1 to help you develop and give you feedback on your application. 

Email us at talk over any aspect of the application, from developing a topic, to talking with faculty members, to navigating the interview process. 


Mellon Mays and Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowship Program Coordinators

Stephane Andrade

Coordinator, Mellon Mays and Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowship Program
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Lucero Estrella

Coordinator, Mellon Mays and Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowship Program
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