Two distinct programs funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation — the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program and the Graduate School Exploration (GRADx) program — are available to Carleton students. Both programs are designed to bring a diversity of experiences and perspectives to the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF, open to sophomores only) is for students with a very strong interest in pursuing a PhD in a Mellon field and a career as a professor. MMUF is a generously funded opportunity that extends beyond the BA and includes support for graduate study and career development.

MMUF Oversight Committee :

  • Cherlon Ussery, Faculty Co-Coordinator of MMUF and Associate Professor and Chair of Linguistics, 507-222-5518, Wills Hall 403
  • Sindy Fleming, Staff Co-Coordinator of MMUF and Assosicate Dean of Students, 507-222-5439, Severance Hall 111
  • Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships, 507-222-4300, Laird Hall 137

Questions? Please visit the MMUF Website and contact the Faculty Co-Coordinator directly for more information or to discuss your interest in the program and the application process.

Note: The Mellon Graduate School Exploration Fellowship (MGSEF) selected its final cohort in 2020.


The Graduate School Exploration (GRADx) Program

Hear from participants in the 2023-24 GRADx program about their experiences!

Hear from the 2022-2023 GRADx participants about their experiences!

The Graduate School Exploration Program (GRADx), open to applications from first-year, sophomore or junior students) is a two-weekend program (one weekend during Fall Term, one weekend during Spring Term) held at Big Ten Alliance institutions to introduce interested students to the world of a Research One university. Please be sure to read the GRADx application guide carefully, as it includes important nformation about which graduate fields of interest are eligible!

GRADx includes cohort-building with other students from the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, opportunities to talk to faculty and graduate students in a variety of fields, tours of university research and student life facilities, and social events. General information on the program is available at the GRADx Website maintained by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.

Carleton will select three students during Spring Term 2024 for the 2024-2025 GRADx program. The application is due by 11:59pm Central Time on May 20, 2024; one recommendation is due by 9:00am Central Time on May 27, 2024.