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Selection Process


During the fall semester, faculty are invited to nominate sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated promise as college professors.

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

Students with a strong interest in pursuing an academic career are now welcome to nominate themselves by e-mailing  

Once the nomination period ends, all eligible nominees will be invited to apply for the fellowship online. Complete applications are due in early March, immediately following the annual deadline for the Sophomore Plan. 

Complete applications consist of the following: 

  • The application cover sheet 
  • Two letters of recommendation from Swarthmore faculty members 
  • A personal statement 
  • A brief research proposal
  • A writing sample 
  • A copy of the Sophomore Plan 

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

The selection committee chooses the new Mellon Mays cohort (up to 5 new MMUFs) by March 31.  


Please contact the program coordinator for more information. 


Eligible Majors for the MMUF

Art History
English Literature 
Film & Media Studies (theoretical focus) 
Foreign Languages & Literatures
Music (theoretical focus) 
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.