The SSRC-Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program aims to address, over time, the problem of underrepresentation in the academy at the level of college and university faculties. Funded by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program provides support for scholars from all backgrounds with a demonstrated commitment to this goal. To date, over 600 fellows have received doctoral degrees and nearly 700 fellows are in Ph.D. programs.

The Graduate Initiatives Program builds upon the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) by supporting MMUF fellows from the early stages of graduate school to the post-Ph.D. years. It is only open to Ph.D. students who were selected as Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows. Fellows must enroll in doctoral programs within 39 months of receiving their undergraduate degrees, and they must be in one of the fields listed below.

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Eligible Fields of Study
Anthropology and Archaeology
Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies
Art History
Computer Science
Geography and Population Studies
Earth/Environmental/Geological Science and Ecology
Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus)
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Oceanographic/Marine/Atmospheric/Planetary Science
Performance Studies (theoretical focus)
Philosophy and Political Theory
Physics and Astronomy
Religion and Theology
Theater (non-performance focus)
Interdisciplinary Studies

Fellows who enter Ph.D. programs in a field not listed above must formally petition for recognition of the graduate program. For more information on SSRC-Mellon Mays benefits, please contact mellonmays@ssrc.org.

Program Components


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