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Application & Selection Process

A classroom with attentive students in Kohlberg.

Photo by Conrad Erb from the 2019 MMUF Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.

During the fall semester, faculty are invited to nominate sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated promise as college professors. We welcome applications from both juniors and sophomores, but we do prioritize applications from sophomores.

We typically accept faculty nominations from December 1  to February 1.

By the time the nomination period ends, all eligible nominees will have been invited to apply for the fellowship online. Complete applications are due on February 15

Complete applications consist of the following: 

  • The common application
  • Two letters of recommendation from Swarthmore faculty members 
  • A personal statement 
  • A brief research proposal
  • A copy of the Sophomore Plan  (this may be omitted in 2020-2021 due to unfeasibility of deadlines, but we will ask for access to it)

Once all applications have been submitted, the selection committee will choose 10-12 finalists to be interviewed. 

The selection committee chooses the new Mellon Mays cohort (up to 5 new MMUFs) before the end of the spring semester.

Please contact the program coordinator for more information. 

Eligible Majors for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

Art History
English Literature
Film & Media Studies (theoretical focus)
Foreign Languages & Literatures
Music (theoretical focus)
Political Theory
Theater (non-performance focus)


Interdisciplinary majors (e.g. Black Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, etc.) may be eligible if the applicant’s core field is one of the humanities or social science fields listed above. 

If you are not studying one of these fields, Swarthmore likely still has a summer funding opportunity for you

Elyse O'Bannon presents at the 2019 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference