May 20, 2019

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program, the Mellon Foundation has produced Toward a More Inclusive Academy: MMUF at 30, a short film about the program. 

October 29, 2021

MMUF PhD Erica Armstrong Dunbar has launched a multiple-book publishing program with Simon & Schuster to produce seven books for adults and children. Dr.

September 28, 2021

MMUF PhD Monica Muñoz Martinez, currently Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin, is among the 25 recipients of the 2021 MacArthur Fellowship. She is one of two MMUF PhDs (along with film historian Jacqueline Stewart) in this year's cohort of winners.

September 28, 2021

MMUF PhD Jacqueline Stewart, currently Chief Artistic and Programming Officer at Los Angeles' Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, is among the 25 recipients of the 2021 MacArthur Fellowship. She is one of two MMUF PhDs (along with public historian Monica Muñoz Martinez) in this year's cohort of winners.

July 16, 2021

A special feature published on the Mellon Foundation's website spotlights the stories of five MMUF fellows from the class of 2021 who are graduating from college in an exceptionally difficult academic year that has upended many of academia's operating assumptions and complicated the plans of many individual students.

April 18, 2021

MMUF PhD Joshua Bennett,  an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College and a poet and literary critic, is the winner of two major 2021 awards: the Guggenheim Fellowship in American Literature and the Whiting Award for poetry and nonfiction.

April 12, 2021

Roland Smith, veteran coordinator of the MMUF program at Rice University, was recently honored by the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education as the first recipient of an achievement award named after him. The AABHE's Dr. Roland B. Smith Jr. Leadership Award recognizes Dr.

February 07, 2021

MMUF PhD Nick Jones has been awarded the Modern Language Association's Katherine Singer Kovacks prize for his monograph Staging 'Habla de Negros': Radical Performances of the African Diaspora in Early Modern Spain. The prize is presented annually for an outstanding book published in English or Spanish in the field of Latin American and Spanish literatures and cultures.

February 07, 2021

MMUF fellow Anna Malaika Tubbs, a doctoral student in sociology at Cambridge University who began her MMUF career as an undergraduate at Stanford University, recently published her first book, The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation. The book considers the little-studied figures of Alberta King, Louise Little, and Berdis Baldwin and the ways in which their beliefs, accomplishments and teachings shaped their sons, contributing to their massive impact as political actors and icons of Black history.