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UNCF/Mellon Fellows! Please click on the "Students" tab above to access tips on writing the statement of purpose/personal statement!


We are most happy to share information with you about the exciting suite of Programs offered to UNCF undergraduates and faculty through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. Scholars Transforming the Academy is the slogan that describes the work of the UNCF/Mellon Programs.  This slogan is operationalized through a variety of undergraduate and faculty programs. 

We hope that you will find a program that interests you and that you will be able to join us as we work with others within the Mellon Mays family of Programs to Transform the Academy.


Cynthia Neal Spence, Ph.D.
Director, UNCF/Mellon Programs

Dr. Brian Johnson, Johnson C. Smith University UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'95, has been named the 7th President of Tuskegee University! We are extremely proud of Dr. Johnson and all of his accomplishments! We wish him well as he transitions into his new position at Tuskegee University. Please click here to read the announcement.

Upcoming Events

2016 UNCF/Mellon Summer Institute in Atlanta, GA- June 1-30, 2016


UNCF/Mellon Undergraduate Junior Fellows:

Email/Mail/Fax Junior Summer Stipend requests to the Office by March 21, 2016




News & Info

Spelman College C'15 UNCF/Mellon Fellow Ayanna Spencer's paper, "Say Her Name: Epistemic Violence in the Fight Against Police Brutality," is one of the three selected for presentation at the group session of the Society for Analytical Feminism at the Central APA meeting in 2016 in Chicago! Congratulations!

Tougaloo College C'97 UNCF/Mellon Fellow Dr. RoSusan Bartee is currently serving as Interim Vice President in the Office of Access and Success at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in Washington, DC. Congratulations!

Xavier University C'99 UNCF/Mellon Fellow Dr. Trimiko Melancon has recently (2015) received a promotion and tenure from Loyola University. Dr. Melancon is now Associate Professor of English, African American Studies and Women's Studies. Congratulations!


Newly Minted Ph.D.s!

Dr. Jennifer Eaglin, Spelman College UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'05 is a Ph.D. graduate of Michigan State University! She is currently an Instructor at Michigan State University.

Dr. Selah Johnson, Spelman College UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'10 is a Ph.D. graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles! She is currently a History teacher at the Spence School.

Dr. Jarvis McInnis, Tougaloo College UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'09 is a Ph.D. graduate of Columbia University! He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. In the fall of 2016, he will begin a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of English at Notre Dame University.

Dr. Anisah Nu’Man, Spelman College UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'09 is a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln! She is currently the Ann Plato Fellow in Mathematics at Trinity College.

Dr. Kenton Rambsy,Morehouse College UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'10 is a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Kansas! He is currently an Assistant Professor of African American Literature and Digital Humanities at theUniversity of Texas at Arlington.

Dr. Walter Tillman, Dillard University UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'98 is a Ph.D. graduate of Louisiana State University! He is currently an Empowerment Agent at Tillman Empowerment.