MMUF Travel & Research Grants

  • March 15, 2019
    Application deadline for 2019 grants

  • The application for 2019 grants is now live.

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Application Instructions & FAQ

2019 Application Instructions

All documents listed below must be received no later than March 15, 2019

You may download an application here. A PDF of application instructions can be found here.

General Instructions:

Please label all materials. The Personal Statement and Research Plan must be double-spaced and 12-pt. font. Include application items #1-5 in a single pdf and email to: [email protected]. Please include your full name and “MMUF Travel and Research Grant Application” in subject line.

  1. Official Application Form and Budget Form:  Fill out completely via the fillable pdf.  For text formatting options, click Ctrl + E.
    • Budget Form: The maximum award is $5000. Funding may include travel to/from research sites, the cost of meals and lodging at research sites, photocopying or microfilming of documents, purchase of access to databases for research, fees for use of research facilities, and other research-related expenses. Funds must only be used for items specific to the research intended for the award period.
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume. Please see Curriculum Vitae Guidelines below.
  3. Personal Statement (three-page maximum). The statement should explain how the award will allow you to complete your research and how it will contribute to writing the dissertation.
  4. Research Summary/Statement (two-page maximum). Briefly describe the research project that you are seeking funding for and its relevance to your overall dissertation. This is not a reiteration of the personal statement.
  5. Research Timeline. The research timeline should include a schedule or timeline of travel and/or research activities. Provide a chronology of your research activities during the funded period.
  6. Letter of recommendation from your academic advisor (two-page maximum).  The letter should endorse your request for funding and briefly discuss your proposed dissertation.  It should also comment on your research status and how funding will help to complete the research process. All letters must be on institutional letterhead and signed by the recommender and emailed to [email protected].
  7. Official Graduate Transcript. Electronic transcripts are preferred; please request it to be sent by your institution or its transcript service to [email protected]. Mailed transcripts should be sent Attention: Rayna Truelove; 5 Vaughn Drive, Suite 300, Princeton, NJ 08540-6313

When submitting a C.V., it is best to be precise in describing the state of yet-to-be published work.  The term “forthcoming” may have a variety of meanings.  It is most helpful, therefore, to state specifically the status of your research.  Below are some useful terms for use on a C.V.:

  • In progress (still being written, not submitted for publication yet)
  • Under review (submitted to a journal or press)
  • Revising to resubmit (submitted to a journal or press and returned for revision)
  • Under contract (manuscript has been accepted by a press but may be undergoing revisions before final publication)
  • In press (manuscript finished, submitted to a journal or press and awaiting publication)

It is also a good idea to parenthetically explain the conditions under which an article was published.  It is best to state whether a text has been subject to “peer review,” is an “invited submission” or whatever term best describes its publication.

Refer to the sample below when preparing the Publications portion of the C.V.:

Published Work

Movements in Chicano Poetry: Against Myths, Against Margins,                                       Book
Cambridge University Press, 1995.

“Chicano Cultural Discourse: Coyotes at the Border,” American                                       Article
Literature.  67 (Dec): 815-824, 1995.

Unpublished Work

No entries at this time.

Work in Progress

Memories of an East Los Angeles….  Written with John Q. Jones                                 Book


Applications and supporting documents become the sole property of WW and will not be returned or held for another year.

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis per funds available in a given fiscal year.  The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation does not comment on the deliberations of its award panels, nor does it provide evaluations of successful or unsuccessful applications.

Fellowships may not be deferred. Stipend checks are made payable to fellows, not to institutions.

Important Dates

Event Date
Application Deadline March 15, 2019
Final Selections Determined Mid-April 2019
Award Recipient Notifications Late April – Early May, 2019

This is a tentative schedule of events for the selection and announcement of the 2018 cohort of MMUF Travel and Research Grant recipients.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am a candidate for a doctoral degree other than a Ph.D.  Am I eligible to apply?

A: You must be a Ph.D. candidate to be eligible for this grant.

Q: I do not see my field of study in the list of eligible fields. Is my program eligible for support?

A: Only fields which have been designated by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are eligible for support.  If you question the eligibility of your field, you may contact us to inquire: [email protected].

Eligible Fields

Humanities:  American and English Literatures, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies, Art History, Classics, Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus) History, Linguistics, Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Performance Studies (theoretical focus), Philosophy and Political Theory, Religion and Theology, Theater (non-performance focus)

Social Sciences:  Anthropology and Archaeology, Demography, Geography and Population Studies, Sociology

*Physical Sciences:  Computer Science, Earth/Environmental/Geological Sciences, Ecology, Geology, Mathematics, Oceanographic/ Marine / Atmospheric/ Planetary Science, Physics and Astronomy *Applicants in these fields must have received the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship before 2016, when these were approved fields.

Q: Are social work and clinical psychology eligible fields of study?

A: No, only fields designated by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are eligible. (See listing above)

Q: Are there items that grant funds cannot be requested/used for?

A: Yes. Funds may only be used for items specific to the research intended for the award period. The grant cannot be used for:

  • Computer hardware or software, recording devices
  • Conference travel
  • General living expenses/moving expenses
  • Previous expenditures, deficits, or repayment of loans
  • Institutional (overhead) costs
  • Tuition for dependent’s education
  • Tuition for additional coursework

Q: When must the application materials be received on the deadline date?

A: All application materials must be RECEIVED by 11:59pm on March 15, 2019.

Q: How many letters of recommendation can be included in my application?

A: Only one letter will be considered for your application. Please ensure that your academic advisor/dissertation committee chair is the writer. The letter should be signed and on institutional letterhead and emailed to [email protected].

Q: When are new grant awards announced?

A: New grant awards are announced in late April – early May.

Q: What reporting is required of MMUF Travel and Research Grant recipients?

A: MMUF Travel and Research Grant recipients are required to submit a final progress report at the end of the grant period.  They are also required to inform the foundation when they have been granted the Ph.D. and provide updates to their contact information when necessary. The foundation will send an occasional survey to monitor progress and provide targeted communications to

Any additional questions should be directed to the Mellon Program Associate, Ritu Mukherjee, at [email protected] or Mellon Program Officer, Melanie Meinzer, at [email protected].

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