student standing against her fine art pieces
Visual art and Africana studied graduate Brannon Rockwell-Charland ’14, was a Mellon Mays fellow who used her art to explore complex themes such as the experience of time, African American experience, and sexuality. She has published work on representation, race, and postracialism. Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

The fundamental objective of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) is to address, over time, the problem of underrepresentation in the academy at the level of college and university faculties. This goal can be achieved both by increasing the number of students from underrepresented minority groups (URM) who pursue PhDs and by supporting the pursuit of PhDs by students who may not come from groups underrepresented in higher education, but who otherwise demonstrated a commitment to the goals of MMUF.

Our program is designed to support selected students in conducting undergraduate research, entering PhD programs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, and preparing for academic careers.