About Our Program

The purpose of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program is to help to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of institutions of higher learning by mentoring and preparing undergraduates for graduate school and academic positions in selected humanities and social science disciplines. Established by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 1988, the program funds MMUF programs at member institutions and consortiums.  Its name honors 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. 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 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship website. The MMUF program celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019. Watch documentary.

UCR became a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Member Institution in 2014. You can download our brochure for an overview of UCR’s program or visit the Program FAQ page.  A list of faculty Advisory Committee members and other program details are on our Learn More page.

Each year, only five undergraduates are invited to become Mellon Mays fellows. You could be one of them.  Apply now! Visit our Application page for more information.