Pictures courtesy of Dr. Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper and the UNCF/Mellon Programs Office.


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

Panel Featuring Dr. Donna Akiba Harper

As we build momentum for the making of our the two part documentary, " I, Too, Sing America: Langston Hughes Unfurled", the Dream Documentary Collective and the Lawrence Arts Center will be live streaming via Facebook Live two public panels featuring distinguished Langston Hughes scholars including Wallace Best, John Callahan, Donna Akiba Harper, Randal Maurice Jelks, Vera Kutzinski, Arnold Rampersad, Donna J. Edgar Tidwell and Carmaletta Williams. The first panel will be from 6:00-7:15 PM CST and the second 7:30-8:45 PM.


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

2016 UNCF/Mellon Programs Conference- October 6-8, 2016, Atlanta, GA.


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. Lauren Eldridge, Spelman College UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'10 is a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Chicago!

Dr. Sabine Cadeau, Xavier University UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'01 is a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Chicago! She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rutgers University Center for Historical Analysis.

Dr. Jameliah Shorter-Bourhanou, Paine College UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'09 is a Ph.D. graduate of Pennsylvania State University! She is currently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgia College.

Dr. Frederick Staidum, Dillard University UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'05 is a Ph.D. graduate of Northwestern University! He is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies at Muhlenberg College.

Dr. Brandy Thomas Wells, Paine College UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'08 is a Ph.D. graduate of Ohio State University! She is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Augusta University.