Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at UC Riverside

Established by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 1988, the fellowship 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. Benjamin 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.

MMUF Program Highlights:

  • Stipends to support Fellows as they 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 and social science disciplines.

The MMUF program at UC Riverside is administered by the Center for Ideas and Society, the humanities research center for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

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

UCR became a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Member Institution in 2014