Admissions & Aid
The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, affiliated with the Brooklyn College Honors Academy, prepares students from underrepresented groups for graduate study at distinguished colleges and universities. It is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with the goal of diversifying college faculties by guiding students of great promise to become research scholars.
Mellon May Fellows receive support from the Mellon Foundation for their entire academic career. Fellows receive per semester stipends, summer research stipends, and help re-paying undergraduate student loans. They also are paired with faculty mentors who guide research projects and help fellows prepare graduate school applications, including assistance with writing personal statements, choosing a graduate program, and obtaining faculty recommendation letters. Fellows also receive GRE preparation, attend conferences, and have access to career-enhancing summer workshops and seminars.
The application includes a one-page essay expressing your background and research interests for graduate study and two letters of recommendation from faculty members who can speak to your academic abilities. You will be interviewed and your application will be reviewed by the program director. You will receive a response by April 15.
The fellowship is open to high-achieving students who are considering pursuing graduate study in humanities and social science fields (visit Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program for a complete list of eligible majors). If you are a rising junior or senior with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, from a group that is underrepresented in the ranks of higher education professionals, or have a passion for eradicating racial disparities in higher education, you should consider applying to this program.
Get to know a few former Mellon Mays Fellows.
Suffering from fashion-industry burnout, Sherri V. Cummings ’15 found her passion in Africana Studies. Read more about her route to success at Brooklyn College and beyond.
A noted author and scholar with a passion for the humanities, King spearheads programming that contributes to the intellectual life of the campus. Read more about Rosamond King.
Ruben Pérez Lama credits his successes to building and tapping into the care and support of community networks. Read more about Ruben Pérez Lama.
Physics professor Sophia Suarez’s work focuses on characterizing the ion and molecular dynamics in various types of materials, especially those with application in electrochemical devices such as non-lithium ion-based batteries. Read more about Sophia Suarez.
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