The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019 (4 pm)

Yale College is pleased to announce the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program—named after Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, educator, college president, and civil rights activist and underwritten by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This competitive program is designed to increase the number of minority students and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will purse PhDs and subsequent careers in academia in selected core fields in the Arts and Sciences. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program is an effort to increase the pool of young people qualified to meet the needs of educational institutions into the next century. As stated by the Mellon Foundation, “The program aims to reduce over time the serious under-representation of individuals from certain minority groups at the faculty level, 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 become more conducive to improved racial and ethnic relations, and of providing role models for all youth.” The Fellowship allows 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. The program also allows students to decrease their undergraduate and graduate educational loan obligations.


Eligible Fields of Study

To be eligible for selection as an MMUF fellow, students must be planning to study in one or more of the below fields:

  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies
  • Art History
  • Classics
  • Geography and Population Studies
  • English
  • Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus)
  • Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Music Theory
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Performance Studies (theoretical focus)
  • Philosophy and Political Theory
  • Religion and Theology
  • Sociology
  • Theater (theoretical focus)

Information Session and Selection Procedures

Information Sessions will be held on:

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 4:00-5:00 p.m. at 55 Whitney 2nd fl., Room 220. Dinner will be served. 
  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 6-7 pm at 55 Whitney Ave, 2nd Fl., Room 220

Application Requirements

The following documents must be received by the Friday, February 2, 2018 (4 pm) 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 (limit 10 pp. Sample not restricted to your current or intended major/area of interest. This should be a piece of writing that you are proud of.)
  • An unofficial copy of applicant’s Yale College transcript
  • A completed Faculty Mentor Assignment Form.

Contact Information

Dean Kelly Fayard
Director, Mellon Mays and Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowship Programs
Director, Native-American Cultural Center and Assistant Dean, Yale College,
55 Whitney Ave, STE 251

Pratima Golopalakrishnan
Coordinator, Mellon Mays and Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowship Program
Graduate School of Arts & Sci 2020 (Religious Studies)

Sharleen Sánchez Barriera
Program Assistant, Mellon Mays and Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowship Program
55 Whitney Ave, STE 630