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Welcome to the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The fundamental objective of the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program 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 and social sciences. Hunter’s MMUF program supports undergraduate Mellon fellows, who are studying in these fields, to conduct interdisciplinary research on campus or elsewhere throughout the summer and academic year for two years. The MMUF program provides students with faculty mentoring, professional development, and with application preparation for graduate study.


MMUF Program Provides Mellon Mays Scholars

  • On-going mentoring and collaboration with a Hunter faculty mentor on research project & individualized advising
  • Community support networks
  • Opportunities to attend professional research conferences and present individual research
  • Opportunities to study or conduct research outside of Hunter
  • Preparation for graduate school


  • $7,500 total stipend per year of participation
  • Financial support for research-related travel
  • Tuition waiver
  • GRE preparation
  • Undergraduate loan repayment & SSRC predoctoral grants


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


First Step - Students Must Be Nominated by a Hunter Faculty Member!

Instructions for Hunter Faculty on Nominating a Student:

Prospective applicants must be nominated by a Hunter faculty member using the online nomination form tab at the top of this page. The form asks for the following information on behalf of the student being nominated: full name, major/GPA, email address, and Hunter EMPL Student ID number. It also asks the nominator to briefly describe what about the nominee’s academic work, scholarly interests, and potential for graduate study make them an exceptional candidate for the MMUF Program.

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

Interested applicants should proactively seek out a Hunter faculty advisor for nomination and communicate their research aspirations and interest in the MMUF Program. A Hunter faculty nomination to the MMUF program is required before a student is eligible to access the online application. Once the nomination form is submitted to the MMUF program, the student will be contacted to complete the MMUF application which consists of a two-part personal statement, and a writing sample (five page paper) submitted for a grade in a recent course. The student must submit all parts of the MMUF application for consideration.

Additionally, students must request recommendation letters from TWO Hunter faculty members as part of the complete application packet. Students are advised to seek faculty early to ensure recommendation letters arrive by the application deadline date. Once a student is invited to complete the online application, the MMUF Program will request from them the names and emails of faculty recommenders, and will then send those recommenders a link to an online recommendation form. Recommendation letters may be submitted directly using the online recommendation form we provide.

Have questions - contact: MMUF Program Coordinator at:



Updated 2/14/2020

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