Three distinct programs funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation are available to Carleton students. All of these programs are designed to increase the number of  faculty from underrepresented backgrounds in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF, for sophomore or junior students) 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. Applications are due at 12 noon on February 17, 2020.  

The Mellon Graduate School Exploration Fellowship (MGSEF, for sophomore students) is for students with an interest in the humanities or humanistic social sciences and offers generous funding for a supervised summer research experience at a Big Ten Alliance institution (the summer following junior year) well as support for preparation for graduate study, professional development, and travel to potential graduate program institutions. Please complete the MGSEF application form and submit it along with supplementary materials using the Carleton MGSEF application by 12 noon on April 15, 2020.

Please consult the 2019-20 Bulletin of Information to understand the important differences between the MMUF and MGSEF programs and to determine which one is better for you!

The Graduate School Exploration Program (GradX, for 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.  It 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 about the Graduate School Exploration Program (GradX) is available at the GradX Website. Please use the Carleton application form to apply for GradX by 5pm on April 15, 2020. 

Questions? Please visit the MMUF Website or the MGSEF Website and contact the coordinators directly for more information or to discuss your interest in the program and the application process.

Fellowship Coordinators:

  • Lori Pearson, Professor of Religion, 507-222-5483, Leighton 313
  • Sindy Fleming, Assistant Dean of Students, 507-222-539, Severance Hall 111

Director of Student Fellowships: Marynel Ryan Van Zee, 507-222-4300, Laird 131