Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Mellon Fields

After careful research, the Mellon Foundation initially decided to focus its efforts on fields in which it
judged the underrepresentation of faculty of color to be most acute. Applicants should be majoring in
those disciplines, or preparing to study them in graduate school. The current list of Mellon-designated
fields is as follows (in alphabetical order):

Anthropology and Archaeology

Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies

Art History


Computer Science

Geography and Population Studies

Earth/Environmental/Geological Science and Ecology


Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus)

Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Foreign Languages and Literatures





Oceanographic/Marine/Atmospheric/Planetary Science

Performance Studies (theoretical focus)

Philosophy and Political Theory

Physics and Astronomy

Religion and Theology


Theater (theoretical focus)

Interdisciplinary Studies: Interdisciplinary areas of study may be eligible if they have one or more eligible fields at their core, but must be approved by the MMUF staff at the Mellon Foundation on a case-by-case basis. Please note that interdisciplinary education graduate programs, even those that incorporate one or more eligible fields, are not eligible for MMUF graduate benefits.

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