The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) provides valuable research training, faculty mentorship, and financial support for undergraduate students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. and a career in the professoriate, and whose intellectual and social commitments embody those of the late Dr. Benjamin Mays.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation established the MMUF program to assist eligible undergraduates enter into PhD programs and the professoriate. Nationwide, MMUF has over thirty chapters and three chapters in South Africa. The Columbia University chapter was established in 1996 and since then 50% of our alumni have entered PhD programs and/or earned terminal degrees. Our program focuses on research experience, building intellectual connections with a range of faculty, and developing the skills necessary to identify, apply to, and thrive in the right PhD program.
Accepted fellows receive a yearly stipend of $3,600 and summer research funding up to $3,900 for each of two summers. In addition, they are eligible for travel expense reimbursement up to $1,200 and research expense reimbursement up to $400. After entering a Ph.D. program in one of the designated fields, Mellon fellows are eligible for up to $10,000 in undergraduate tuition loan repayment.
On these pages you will find detailed information about our program and how to apply. In addition, please address any questions to Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Planning and Administration, Columbia College.