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MMUF Fellowship Application


Applicant Information

Gender Identity*
Local Mailing Address (where you receive your mail)*

Research Interest and Essays

Personal Essay: In the box below, in 6000 characters or less, please describe how your interest developed to purse a career in academia. Provide examples of the steps you have taken outside of applying for this fellowship to purse this career goal. In addition, describe how attaining a Ph.D. will enable you to participate in eradicating racism and social disparities.

MMUF Essay: In the box below, in 3200 characters or less, please explain how your personal goals reflect the ideals of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, for whom the MMUF program is named.  You can find a brief biography of Dr. Mays at the MMUF website:

Applicant Endorsement: By typing your full name in the box below, you are endorsing your application and give Whittier College the permission to access your current academic transcripts. Likewise, you affirm that all of the statements and information on this application are to the best of your knowledge, true and correct.

Application Documents & References

The Application Documents needed are: 

  1. Current Unofficial Transcripts (from all 2 yr and 4 yr institutions you have attended. You can simply submit a PDF of your degreeworks for your Whittier transcript.)
  2. A Graded College Paper or Writing Sample (that has been marked/graded by an instructor)
  3. Student Contract
  4. Mentor Agreement
  5. Course Progress Reports: please create a report for each course you are currently taking during this spring semester.

The Student Contract, Mentor Agreement, and Course Progress Report Forms can be downloaded from our MMUF website at the following link:

Please download the documents, fill them out, scan and save them ALL as ONE PDF file, and then upload to the designated link below.

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Name of your Mentor for Project/Research (reference writer)*
Name of Outside Reference*

Faculty Research Mentor Recommendation

You have been identified as a person who has agreed to serve as a Faculty Research Mentor for the Whittier College student named above, who is applying for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.

Please use the tab below to upload and submit a PDF file of your recommendation letter for this applicant.  Please submit your letter by Wednesday March 8, 2023.

Please note: The applicant's application will not be submitted for consideration until you have submitted your letter of recommendation. 

Thank you for your time and your support.

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