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Who is eligible to apply to the MMUF Program at the Claremont Colleges?

  •  Rising juniors (current sophomores) at any of the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges.
  • Applicants must be registered as full-time students at the time of application and while pursuing an MMUF eligible field of study.

The following criteria are weighed in selecting participants for MMUF:

  • Academic promise (some schools have a minimum GPA cutoff, others do not);
  • Interest in pursuing an academic career in an eligible field (a list of the eligible fields can be viewed here);
  • Potential for serving as a mentor and teacher for a wide variety of students;
  • Race and ethnicity, in relation to their underrepresentation in designated fields of study;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the goals of MMUF: to reduce the serious underrepresenta­tion on faculties of individuals from minority groups, as well as to address the consequences of these racial disparities for the educational system itself and for the larger society that it serves. Examples of such commitment might include serious undergraduate research into racial dispari­ties in higher education; a strong record of tutoring students from underrepresented groups; sustained mentoring of children from such groups; or other forms of community service or leadership activities in campus or off-campus organizations.
  • Availability for, and commitment to, full and enthusiastic participation in all aspects of the MMUF program, including attendance at conferences and meetings;
  • Status as a U.S. citizen, be permanent residents, DACAmented, or undocumented.

All students are welcomed to apply for MMUF, though applications are particularly encouraged from African-Americans, Latinos and Latinas, Native Americans, and other under­represented minorities (URM).

Students’ primary undergraduate major must be in one of the following fields and disciplines:

Anthropology and Archaeology

Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies

Art History


Geography and Population Studies


Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus)

Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Music Theory

Foreign Languages and Literatures




Performance Studies (theoretical focus)

Philosophy and Political Theory

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.

Fellows will be selected based upon a holistic assessment of their qualifications.