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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, 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 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:

A nomination letter must include the nominee’s information: full name, major/GPA, email address, and Hunter EMPL Student ID number. Please 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. Address your nomination letter to the MMUF Admissions Committee and submit it via email.

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 letter to the MMUF program is required before a student completes application. Once the nomination letter arrives at 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 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 as part of the complete application 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 via email to:

Have questions - contact: MMUF Administrator at:



Updated 10/1/2018

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