Amherst College established the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program in January 2018 through a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to promote diversity and academic excellence in colleges and universities across the United States. 

The main idea behind this initiative is to create a supportive academic environment in which five talented undergraduate students are recruited and provided academic training, financial support, and faculty mentoring designed to better prepare them for scholarship and teaching. 

All students are welcome to apply for MMUF, though applications are particularly encouraged from African-Americans, Latinos and Latinas, Native Americans, and other under­represented minorities (URM).

Prospective candidates: Learn more about the MMUF

“It’s Not Enough to Increase Access”

Professor Jallicia Jolly

How the MMUF Positions Students for Careers as Professors

MMUF grant alums go on to diversify institutions of higher education—not only by their presence but also by contributing to scholarship in which certain voices have been historically silenced.

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Next Stop: Ph.D.

Manuel Rodriguez

2021 News Story

The classes of 2020 and 2021 include Amherst’s first cohorts of Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows. Three of these young alumni are on their way into Ph.D. programs.

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“We Already Know What They’re Going to Do: They’re Going to Shine”

2020 News Story

MMUF students and young alumni are thinking and thriving, and changing Amherst in the process.

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