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Mellon Mays Gap Assistance Program


The Mellon Mays Gap Assistance Program (Mellon Mays GAP) helps Mellon Mays Fellows who have recently graduated maintain their graduate school ambitions and progress towards an academic career.

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A gap is time spent between earning your undergraduate degree and applying to Ph.D programs. You’re considered a gap year Fellow if you've recently graduated and are:

  • working;
  • on fellowship;
  • traveling;
  • or enrolled in a terminal master’s degree program.

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