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Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) aims to increase diversity in the faculty of higher education institutions by identifying students of great promise and helping them become scholars of the highest distinction.

The Northwestern MMUF program is for rising undergraduates considering graduate study toward a Ph.D. in designated fields who possess a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities. 

Benjamin Mays


Named in honor of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., the MMUF was established in 1988 to reduce the underrepresentation of minorities with faculty rank with higher education institutions.

Overview of the MMUF
MMUF at a social outing


Since its inception in 2008, MMUF at Northwestern has provided networking, mentoring, and development opportunities to more than 65 fellows.

At the MMUF Midwest Regional Conference 2022

Our Fellows

Get to know the current class of MMUF fellows and our alumni.

Our fellows
MMUF Graduation Celebration 2022


The requirements and procedures for becoming a fellow at Northwestern.

Becoming a Fellow