The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program is the centerpiece of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s initiatives to reduce the serious underrepresentation of minorities in the faculty ranks of institutions of higher learning. The MMUF program is administered by over one hundred campus coordinators at 42 institutions and a consortium of 39 historically black colleges and universities within the membership of the UNCF.
As of September 2011, approximately 3,733 undergraduate students representing 26 cohorts have been selected as Mellon Fellows. The student constituency has the distinction of high academic achievement with a 99% retention and graduation rate. To date approximately 60% of MMUF students continue on to graduate school shortly following the baccalaureate, of which about 33% directly enter PhD programs.
MMUF has been highly successful. To date, over 400 fellows have earned their PhD and are now teaching around the country, with an additional 645 PhDs in progress. 45 of our PhDs have achieved tenure. There are over 1000 fellows at various stages of graduate study, and MMUF continues to attract the best and the brightest undergraduates.
In December 2009 The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation renewed MMUF for an additional four years, continuing its steadfast commitment to increasing diversity within institutions of higher education.