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Dear Sophomores,

Are you passionate about teaching and research? Committed to a more inclusive and diverse higher education system? Interested in pursuing a career in the academy?

If so, we encourage you to consider applying for a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship!

What is the Mellon Mays?

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program is the centerpiece of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s initiatives to promote inclusivity and diversity in higher education. The fellowship provides support to young scholars who are 1) passionate about research, teaching, and mentorship, 2) genuinely interested in an academic career, and 3) committed to addressing the consequences of underrepresentation and inequality in higher education. The MMUF program encourages fellows in their academic and personal journey toward the Ph.D. by providing them with mentorship, financial resources, professional development opportunities, and a supportive scholarly community.

For more information on the benefits and commitments of the MMUF program, please visit http://mmuf.princeton.edu/.

Who is eligible?

Sophomores, who are:
1. A U.S. student (citizen, permanent resident, or undocumented)
2. genuinely considering graduate study in a Mellon designated field,*
3. have a demonstrated and sustained commitment to the goals of MMUF, as outlined above
The MMUF program is designed to encourage fellows to enter PhD programs that prepare students for professorial careers; it is not intended to support students who intend to go on to medical school, law school or other professional schools.

Why should I apply?

The MMUF Program will provide you with:
1) guided mentorship from a Princeton faculty mentor;
2) bi-weekly colloquia designed to support you as you engage in your independent research projects and preparation for graduate school;
3) professional development opportunities designed to teach you more about the skills necessary for the highest level of achievement in graduate school and beyond;
4) the opportunity to attend academic conferences and to publish in scholarly journals
5) academic-year and summer research stipends;
6) eligibility for undergraduate and/or graduate loan forgiveness (up to $10,000).
7) A robust and encouraging community of fellow scholars

How can I learn more?

If you are interested in applying to the MMUF, you should plan to attend one of our information session(s) being held on the following dates. Please RSVP at the links below.

1) Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 4:30 pm; location: 36 University Place, Suite 350
https://odocweb.princeton.edu/rsvp/rsvp_event.php?sharepoint_id=3844
2) Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 4:30 pm; location: 36 University Place, Suite 350
https://odocweb.princeton.edu/rsvp/rsvp_event.php?sharepoint_id=3845

If you are planning to apply, we highly encourage you to RSVP to attend one of these sessions.

How can I access the application materials?

Application materials can be found online at http://mmuf.princeton.edu/apply

Applications are due by Tuesday, March 28 at 5pm (submit materials in single pdf to mmuf@princeton.edu). Applicants will be notified if they are selected for an interview by Wednesday, April 5. Final decisions will be made by Friday, April 14.

For more information, please contact Dean Khristina Gonzalez, Associate Dean of the College, kfg2@princeton.edu.

*The Mellon-designated fields of study are: Anthropology; Archaeology; Area Studies (e.g., East Asian Studies, Africana Studies); Art History; Classics; Cultural or Ethnic Studies (e.g., African American Studies, Latin American Studies); Gender Studies; Geography and Population Studies; English; Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical studies, but NOT production); Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Theory; Foreign Languages and Literatures; History; Linguistics; Literature; Performance Studies (theoretical focus); Philosophy and Political Theory; Religion and Theology; Sociology; Theater Studies (non-performance focus).