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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

The UNCF/Mellon Programs Annual Conference takes place October 2-4, 2014 in Atlanta, GA.

The MMUF Southeastern Regional Conference takes place November 14-16, 2014 in Durham, NC.



PAST DUE! End of Year Reports (Junior and Senior Fellows) are due May 30, 2014.

News & Info

Xavier University C'99 UNCF/Mellon Fellow Dr. Trimiko Melancon, Assistant Professor at Loyola University is the recipient of this year's College of Humanities and Natural Sciences Faculty Excellence Award in Research. Congratulations!

Tougaloo College C'08 UNCF/Mellon Fellow Bianca Jackson received the Doctor of Musical Arts in 2014 from the University of Texas at Austin. Congratulations!

A MUST READ! Please click here to read an article about Mellon Mays Fellows in Academia.

Clark Atlanta University C'00 UNCF/Mellon Fellow Dr. Stephany Spaulding's first monograph, Abolishing White Masculinity from Mark Twain to Hiphop has just been made available by Lexington Press! Please click here for more information. Congratulations, Dr. Spaulding! 

Paine College C'15 UNCF/Mellon Fellow Jordan Rutland was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Collegiate Honors Council. Congratulations!

Spelman College C'99 UNCF/Mellon Undergraduate Fellow Dr. Erica Edwards, Associate Professor at the University of California, Riverside, was awarded the Modern Language Association of America’s twelfth annual William Sanders Scarborough Prize for her book Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership, published by the University of Minnesota Press. Congratulations!

Dillard University C'92 UNCF/Mellon Undergraduate Fellow Dr. Hassan Moore recently received a promotion and tenure from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Dr. Moore is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Outreach at the School of Engineering. Congratulations!

Newly Minted Ph.D.s!

Dr. Patricia Lott

Patricia Lott, Dillard University UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'01 is a 2013 Ph.D. graduate of Northwestern University! She is currently a Ruth J. Simmons Post-Doctoral Fellow at Brown University.

Dr. Jessica Edwards

Jessica Edwards, Spelman College UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'07 is a 2013 Ph.D. graduate of Washington State University! She is currently a member of faculty at the University of Delaware.