Princeton University has participated in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program since 1989, when the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation first launched the initiative as a strategy for increasing diversity in the faculty ranks at colleges and universities. Our program identifies highly qualified underrepresented students and other students who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and provides them with support and mentorship as they prepare themselves for doctoral programs and careers in the professoriate.

Fellows are selected in the spring of the sophomore year through a competitive application process. In the junior and senior years, fellows attend monthly workshops designed to enhance research skills and deepen awareness of the challenges and rewards of teaching and scholarship; meet regularly with faculty mentors; attend academic conferences; and build their network of colleagues at Princeton and on other campuses. 

News & Events

Marshall Scholar

Senior Ryan Low, a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, has been named a 2016 Marshall Scholar, along with two other Princeton seniors. Low, a history major from Los Angeles, plans to pursue an M.Phil. in medieval history at University College London. Following his Marshall Scholarship, Low plans to return to the United States to enter a J.D./Ph.D. program and pursue a career as a professor of legal history, while continuing his engagement in electoral politics.

2017 Fellowship Calendar

Applications for the MMUF will be available in early February and will be due in early March. Information sessions and application workshops will be announced soon!.