The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has awarded a new grant to Carleton’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program for the 2021-2022 academic year. Carleton’s MMUF program has been continuously funded since it was established as one of the eight founding programs in 1988. Described as “the centerpiece of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s initiatives to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of institutions of higher education,” MMUF supports students from underrepresented backgrounds and others committed to diversification of the academy who plan to pursue a PhD in humanistic fields. At Carleton, MMUF participants are selected at the end of their sophomore year or during their junior year through a competitive application process. Directed by Associate Professor and Chair of Linguistics, Cherlon Ussery, PhD, and Associate Dean of Students, Sindy Fleming, EdD, Carleton’s program supports up to 10 fellows through two years of independent research, participation in regional and national activities with other Mellon Mays fellows, and preparation for graduate school.