About Our Program
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation established The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program in 1988, and Hunter College is proud to have been one of the first institutions to have participated. The fundamental objective of the MMUF Program is to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the humanities and social sciences.
Named after Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, the noted African American educator, statesman, minister and former president of Morehouse College, Hunter’s MMUF Program provides students studying in these fields with the opportunity to conduct scholarly research throughout the summer and academic year for two years. Through workshops, conferences, faculty mentoring and more, the program works to encourage young scholars to enter PhD programs that prepare them for professorial careers.