Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

Mellon Mays - Overview

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) selects ten students in their sophomore year to join a tightly-knit research community during junior and senior years to conduct independent research in close collaboration with a faculty mentor. Fellows attend regular seminar meetings (twice per month) with this cohort to discuss their projects, hear from faculty speakers, learn skills for effectively conducting and presenting research, and receive support in the graduate school application process. MMUF exists to counter the underrepresentation of marginalized groups on college and university faculties nationwide through activities designed to encourage the pursuit of the Ph.D. in the humanities and social sciences.

Current Fellows

To learn about the 2018-2019 Harvard Mellon Mays Fellows, please click this link.

Mellon Mays - Application

10/30/2019: MMUF Application instructions are NOW available through the link below. 


Mellon Mays - FAQs

What if my concentration is not one listed in the Mellon approved field of study?

This doesn’t matter. Undergraduate concentrations do not need to be in the Mellon approved list. However, if you plan to continue for a PhD and receive funding from the Mellon Foundation, you must be in a Mellon approved field.

Can I apply as a junior? No. Students are selected during their sophomore year with the idea that each student participates in the Fellowship for two academic years. Therefore a junior will not be able to participate fully in the program and is thus not as strong an applicant as the sophomore students.

What if I don’t have a faculty mentor? If you don’t have a mentor at the time of the application, we will help students identify a faculty mentor within their fields of interest. However, students who apply with an idea of faculty with whom they might work tend to be stronger applicants than students who have given no sense to their research and faculty interests.

Contact Us


Dr. Pamela J. Gaddi
Assistant Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships | 617-496-6220

Phone: 617-496-6220

The MMUF Journal

The Harvard Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program has published the MMUF Journal annually since 1995. For more information, as well as electronic copies of the journal, please visit the MMUF Journal webpage