Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Fellowship Program Announcement:

Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2022 at 5:00pm CST
Application: Download Application Form Here (PDF)
Submit Application Materials to: Dr. Almeida Jacqueline Toribio, UT-Austin MMUF Director
Questions: Dr. Almeida Jacqueline Toribio, UT-Austin MMUF Director

Program Description

Through the generous support of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program announces its call for fellows at The University of Texas at Austin.

This doctoral preparatory program offers a concrete mentoring plan and financial support to rising sophomore and junior students who will pursue academic research in Mellon-approved fields. The fundamental objective of MMUF is to increase diversity amongst faculty in U.S. universities and colleges, as well demonstrate a commitment to eradicating social, educational and economic disparities. In its 25-year history, MMUF has been highly successful in placing hundreds of past fellows in tenure-track jobs (

Eligibility Requirements

  • Sophomore standing (at least 30 credits)
  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Plan to pursue a doctoral degree in one of the Mellon-approved fields of study (see below)
  • A completed application, including a statement of intent to pursue a doctoral degree, a letter of recommendation from the prospective mentor, and resume

Download Application Form Here (PDF)

An interdisciplinary committee of faculty members reviews student applications and conducts admissions interviews. Students receive a summer stipend to enroll in a year-round 1-unit course to conduct faculty-mentored academic research and to engage in graduate school professionalization. Fellowships begin in summer, and are awarded each fall and spring semester until graduation. Approximately five fellows are selected every year. Awards are for two years (contingent upon adequate levels of participation).

Mellon-Approved Fields of Study

Anthropology and Archaeology; Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies; Art History; Classics; Geography and Population Studies; English; Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus); Musicology and Ethnomusicology; Foreign Languages and Literatures; History; Linguistics; Literature; Performance Studies (theoretical focus); Philosophy and Political Theory; Religion and Theology; Sociology; Theater (theoretical focus)

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