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Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program of Emory University

Applicant should be a rising junior.

Established in 2000, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at Emory University is designed to foster and support the vocational commitment of Emory undergraduates who feel called to complete the doctorate in Mellon designated fields and disciplines, and who feel called to embark upon careers of teaching and research at the college or university level. Created in compliance with the guidelines of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Emory’s MMUF Program also creates opportunities for undergraduates to undertake research projects in Mellon-designated fields and disciplines in collaboration with Emory faculty members who function as mentors and advisors during the two-year fellowship period.

Undergraduates interested in Emory’s MMUF Program must be: 1) a rising junior with a minimum GPA of 3.2; 2) able to demonstrate a commitment to pursue a doctorate in one of the following fields or disciplines: art history, classical studies, English, foreign languages, American and English literature (including area studies), history, musicology, philosophy and religious studies, mathematics, physics, geology and ecology, anthropology, and demography as well as political theory and other fields that employ historical or philosophical methods; 3) able to teach at the college or university level; 4) a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. All qualified applicants are eligible to apply. Those from underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply.

Emory’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows will receive the following benefits:

  1. An Academic Year Stipend—during the junior and senior years for supervised research with their faculty mentors.
  2. Summer Stipends—during summers of the junior and senior years up to $3,000 for supervised research.
  3. Fellows are required to participate in “Race and the Academy,” the annual summer institute sponsored by the Mellon Foundation, the United Negro College Fund, and Emory’s Program of African American Studies.
  4. Loan Forgiveness—The Mellon Foundation will repay one-eight or up to $1,250 per year of an undergraduate Guaranteed Student Loan for each of the first four years of full-time graduate study for fellow who enroll in doctoral programs in one of the Mellon-designated fields or disciplines no longer than thirty-nine months after receiving the BA degree.

The Mellon Mays Fellowship Program is administered by the Department of African American Studies. Please consult the department website for more information.

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