Current second-year students are eligible and encouraged to apply. Oberlin may name up to five (5) Mellon fellows each year.

Areas of Study

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program is open to undergraduates in the following fields, disciplines, and majors at the college and conservatory:

  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies
  • Art History
  • Classics
  • Geography and Population Studies
  • English
  • Film, Cinema, and Media Studies (theoretical focus)
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • World Languages and Literatures
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Performance Studies (theoretical)
  • Philosophy and Political Theory
  • Sociology
  • Theater (theoretical focus)

Selection Criteria

Selection of MMUF fellows is based on the following:

  • Academic promise and intellectual curiosity
  • Second-year status in the college and or conservatory
  • Undergraduate major in an MMUF-eligible field of study
  • Interest in pursuing a PhD in an MMUF-eligible field of study
  • Potential to serve as a mentor and teacher for a wide variety of students
  • Race and ethnicity  in relation to underrepresentation in designated fields of study 
  • Demonstrated commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented students, breaking down stereotypes, increasing cross-racial and ethnic understanding, and enabling others to better understand persons of different races and ethnicities
  • Commitment to participate fully and enthusiastically in all aspects of the MMUF program, including attendance at conferences and meetings 
  • Status as a U.S. citizen, DACAmented student, or permanent resident