Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program

Providing doctoral and early postdoctoral support exclusively to former MMUF Fellows

Mellon Fellows participate in a workshop entitled “Planning Your Graduate School Career” at a Mellon Mays Summer Conference, held at Bryn Mawr College.

Funded by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Graduate Initiatives Program aims to transform the academy by eradicating racial disparities on the faculties of colleges and universities in the United States and South Africa. To that end, the program provides support for scholars from all backgrounds with a demonstrated commitment to this goal through a predoctoral research grant opportunity and an integrated cycle of capacity-building activities intended to enhance the success of Mellon Mays Fellows at key moments in their careers. To date, 600 fellows have completed doctoral degrees and over 700 are in doctoral programs.


SSRC–Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives are open only to those who were Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows.

Program Director
Cally Waite
Program Staff