Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at UC Riverside

MMUF Program Highlights:

Academic year stipends ($3600) and summer stipends ($3900 each for two summers) to permit Fellows to engage in a rigorous research program

Close mentoring on a research project with a UCR faculty member

GRE preparation

Structured programming intended to facilitate the transition to graduate school

Up to $10,000 in repayment of undergraduate loans for Fellows who matriculate into a Ph.D. program in a Mellon-approved discipline within three years (or 39 months) of graduating from UCR

The purpose of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program is to help to diversify college and university faculty by mentoring and preparing undergraduates for graduate school and academic positions in selected humanities, science and social science disciplines.

Established by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 1988, the program was renamed in 2003 in honor of Dr. Benjamin Mays who was dean of the Howard University School of Religion, president of Morehouse College, as well as president of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program reflects Dr. Mays’ values in its commitment to fostering the academic aspirations of members of traditionally under-represented groups and/or those with interests in studies aimed at eliminating racial and ethnic inequalities.

For more information on the organization’s history and mission, visit the MMUF website:

UCR became a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Member Institution in 2014