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When choosing Mellon Mays Fellows, we consider the following criteria: 

Strong academic potential 
Commitment to pursuing an academic career 
Course of study in an eligible major 
Promise for excelling as a mentor and teacher for a wide range of students 
Demonstrated commitment to the founding goals of the Mellon Mays program 
Availability for dedicated and enthusiastic participation in all aspects of the MMUF program 
Citizenship status* 

​* All U.S. students (defined as citizens, permanent residents, DACA-mented, and undocumented students) are eligible to apply. ​ 

Students of all races and ethnicities are welcome to apply for the MMUF, though applications are particularly encouraged from African Americans, Latinos and Latinas, Native Americans, and other under­represented minorities (URM).