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Students interested in applying to the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship should meet the following requirements. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact Dr. Ryan Keating (

Sophomores or juniors who:

  1. Must have a 3.5 GPA or higher
  2. U.S. student (citizen, permanent resident, DACAmented, or undocumented)
  3. At least two years left at CSUSB.
  4. Must want to pursue a Ph.D. in a Mellon Approved field.
  5. Have a passion for research, teaching, mentorship, and genuinely open to a career in higher education
  6. Genuinely considering graduate study in a Mellon designated field
  7. Committed to the goals of MMUF.

Eligible Majors:

Please keep in mind that the program is designed for students who intend to pursue (or are strongly considering) graduate study in one of the areas of study listed below. If you have questions about your major, contact us:

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