The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) provides research training, faculty mentorship, and financial support for undergraduate students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. and a career in academia, and whose intellectual and social commitments embody those of the late Dr. Benjamin Mays.
MMUF was first established by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and now has over thirty chapters in the U.S. and three in South Africa. Since the Columbia College chapter’s establishment in 1996, half of its program alumni have entered Ph.D. students and/or earned terminal master’s degrees.
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 a supported field, Mellon fellows are eligible for up to $10,000 in undergraduate tuition loan repayment.