Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, affiliated with the Brooklyn College Honors Academy, prepares students 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. The Mellon Foundation seeks to transform selected humanities and social sciences fields by supporting young scholars whose diverse perspectives will greatly enrich the experiences of their students and colleagues.

WHy You Should APply

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.

How to Apply

The application includes a one- to two-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.

Who Should Apply

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 second semester sophomore or a junior with no fewer than 45 credits to graduation, a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have a passion for eradicating racial disparities in higher education, you should consider applying to this program.

Featured Fellows

Get to know a few former Mellon Mays Fellows.

Sherri V. Cummings ’15

Sherri Cummings

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.



Dean Rosamond King, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Rosamond King

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.



Reubén Pérez Lama

Ruben Pérez Lama

Ruben Pérez Lama credits his successes to building and tapping into the care and support of community networks. Read more about Ruben Pérez Lama.


Sophia N. Suarez

Sophia Suarez

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.



Contact Information

Director: Lynda Day
2231 Boylan Hall
P: 718.951.5597

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