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Welcome to the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The fundamental objective of Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) is to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs in core fields selected in the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences. Hunter’s MMUF program supports undergraduate Mellon fellows, who are studying in these fields, to conduct interdisciplinary research on campus throughout the academic year for two years. The MMUF program provides students with faculty mentoring, professional development, and preparation with graduate applications for graduate entry.


MMUF Program provides Mellon Mays Scholars

  • On-going mentoring and collaboration with Hunter faculty mentor on research project & individualized advising
  • Community support networks
  • Opportunity to attend and present own research at professional research conferences
  • Opportunity to study or conduct research (outside of Hunter) at a university in the United States
  • Preparation for graduate school


  • $6,000 total stipend for the academic year
  • Possible support for summer internship
  • Tuition Waiver
  • Undergraduate Loan Repayment & SSRC Pre-doctoral Grants


  • US citizen, Permanent Resident, or DACA
  • Intentions to pursue a graduate (PhD) degree in selected humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences
  • Undergraduate with>36and <100 credits at time of admission to MMUF Program
  • CumulativeGPA >3.0 at time of admission to MMUF Program
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to address diversity and under-representation in higher education


First Step - Student must be nominated by a Hunter Faculty member!

Instructions for Hunter Faculty on Nominating a Student:

A Nomination letter must include the nominee’s information: full name, major/GPA, email address, and Hunter EMPL Student ID number. Briefly state the nominee’s exceptional talent for scholarly work as well as nominee’s interest and ability to do well in graduate school. Address your nomination letter to the MMUF Admissions Committee and submit by email.

Instructions for Prospective Applicants: Getting Nominated, Application, and Recommendations:

Student should proactively seek a Hunter faculty advisor and communicate his/her aspirations and interest in the MMUF program for nomination. A Hunter faculty nomination letter to the MMUF program is required before student completes application. Once the nomination letter arrives to the MMUF program, the student will be contacted to complete the MMUF application which consists of an application form, a two-part personal statement, and a writing sample (five page paper) submitted in a recent course. The student must submit all parts of the MMUF application for consideration. Additionally, students must request for recommendation letters from TWO Hunter faculty as part of the application complete packet. Students are advised to seek faculty early to ensure recommendation letters arrive by the application deadline date.

Nomination & Recommendations: Must be sent directly by faculty through email to:

Have questions - contact: MMUF Administrator at:



Updated 12/2017

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