MMUF Application

Online applications are accepted beginning in September through the deadline in early February. Applicants move through the three stages of the process (outlined below) based on their eligibility, academic achievement, faculty endorsements, and interview. Successful finalists are admitted to the program in April and formally join the cohort in May. Transfer students are awarded conditional fellowships, pending acceptance to UCR and completion of the UCR Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). New fellows then attend a summer research program designed to help prepare them to begin research in the fall quarter.

Find more information about each step by clicking on the + links below.

Pay close attention to the instructions and deadlines for each step so that you are prepared in case you are selected to move on to the next stage.

The Mellon Mays fellowship application process is organized into three stages.

Stage 1 is an online application that collects basic information and helps the committee determine your eligibility for the program. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be invited to move to Stage 2.

In Stage 2, you submit supporting documentation and ask faculty for letters of recommendation. After review of the applications, supporting documentation, and letters of reference, the committee compiles a short list of finalists to invite for interviews.

In Stage 3, finalists are invited to meet with the committee to talk about the program, research interests, and future goals. The committee then selects up to five finalists for admission to the program.

click on this link to access the application (coming soon)

Please provide an email that you can access easily. Email will be the primary method of communication with our program.

You will be prompted to submit your contact information, GPA, major, number of units completed, and other basic information. You will also be asked to share information about any extra-curricular activities, honors, and awards. After you complete the application, click SUBMIT. You will receive an email confirming your submission. (If you do not receive the confirmation email within a few hours, contact us.)

You will be notified by February 7 if you have been selected to move to Stage 2 of the application.

Submit the following required documentation via email:

• a 1-2 page personal statement and a short (300 word) description of a research topic that you might explore in the program.
• a copy of a paper that you submitted for a class here at UCR. (Transfer students may submit a paper from a community college class.)
• an unofficial college transcript

Letters: In this stage, you will also ask faculty to write letters of recommendation. Faculty should email letters to by March 5, 2018. It is your responsibility to follow up with your letter writers to ensure that they submit by the deadline.

Over their first summer in MMUF, fellows are required to attend a summer research program. We strongly encourage you to apply to one or more programs while you wait to hear back from the committee (or even sooner.) Due dates vary but most summer program deadlines are in early February.

Summer program applications are very similar to the application you submitted for our program. Most require a personal statement, a short statement of research, and letters of recommendation.

You can learn more about summer research programs and find suggestions at our upcoming summer research page.

After careful review of all supporting documentation and letters of recommendation, the committee selects a short list of students to interview in the final stage of the application process. The interview gives finalists the opportunity to ask questions about the program and allows the committee an opportunity to learn more about the applicant’s future plans and interests. Of those interviewed, the committee offers admittance to no more than five students per year.
If you have questions about this process or any other aspect of the program, please contact one of the coordinators to set up a meeting. Or send us an email at