About the MMUF Program

Message from the Coordinator

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is one of the most distinguished national/international honors programs, with a fifteen-year history at Emory University. The Program's fundamental objective is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students (and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities) who will pursue a PhD degree in Mellon-approved fields in the arts and sciences. The Program seeks to reduce over time the serious under-representation of individuals from certain minority groups on the faculties of American and South African colleges and universities, as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities. The MMUF Program aims to achieve its mission by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction.

On behalf of Emory University’s entire Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the website for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at Emory University. If you are a student visiting for the first time, we appreciate your interest in our program and welcome any questions or suggestions you might have. We have established the website to provide easy access to information and forms that will address some of the most frequently asked questions about the MMUF Program and application process. If you are an Emory College MMUF alumna/us, we extend a special greeting and invite you to frequent our website, which will feature the academic and professional experiences of current and past MMUF fellows and provide important information, forms and links to national sources of support for MMUF fellows.

Over the past sixteen years, first under the leadership of Drs. Rudolph Byrd and Mark Sanders (2001-2008), the MMUF Program at Emory University has recruited and retained sixteen cohorts, totaling 62 students. Of this number, nine students are currently involved in the MMUF Program as Emory undergraduate juniors and seniors. 52 are post-baccalaureate fellows pursuing impressive scholarly and professional paths, 16 of whom are currently enrolled in PhD programs and five of whom have completed the PhD degree.  Many other Emory MMUF alumni/ae have plans to enroll in PhD programs after completing terminal masters programs or service programs.

As coordinator of the MMUF Program at Emory University, I am happy to entertain any questions you might have about the structure, goals and requirements of the MMUF Program or about preparing an application for consideration. I encourage you to contact me at dstewa4@emory.edu (404 727-8671); or contact the MMUF co-coordinator, Dr. Carol Anderson, at carol.anderson@emory.edu (404 727-6847) with these and other inquires. 

Thank you for visiting our website; we are delighted to share our important legacy with you!

Sincerely,

Dianne Stewart
Coordinator