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 increase the number of  faculty from underrepresented backgrounds in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

The Graduate School Exploration (GRADx) Program

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

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 program is available at the GRADx Website maintained by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.

Carleton will select three students during Spring Term 2023 for the 2023-24 GRADx program! The application and one recommendation are due by midnight on May 10, 2023.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program

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 for MMUF were due March 24, 2023.

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

MMUF Coordinators:

  • Cherlon Ussery, Associate Professor and Chair of Linguistics, 507-222-5518, Center for Math & Computing 134
  • Sindy Fleming, Assistant Dean of Students, 507-222-5439, Severance Hall 111
  • Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships, 507-222-4300, Laird Hall 137

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