“What sets MMUF apart is the way it illuminates the connection between diversity and academic excellence; the importance it places on mentoring relationships; its injunction to students to build supportive networks; the positive functions of the cohort; the disposition to collaborate as well as compete; and the obligation to pay these benefits forward to the next generation of young scholars.”

~ Armando Bengochea, MMUF Director, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Summer Research

Institute for Recruitment of Teachers in Andover, MA

The Phillips Academy Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) sponsors a summer workshop in Andover, Massachusetts for 25-30 students. Eligible applicants for the IRT Intern Summer Workshop program must be rising or graduating college seniors. Participants engage in a graduate-level curriculum of critical, cultural, and educational theory during an intense four-week program at Phillips Academy in July; students and faculty work together nine hours each day, seven days a week. During the summer workshop, students engage a graduate-level curriculum of critical, cultural and educational theory. Students also prepare for the GRE and work on their statements of purpose. In mid-July, the IRT hosts its annual Recruiters’ Weekend for all students where deans and admissions representatives from consortium institutions are eager to speak with potential candidates about their graduate programs. Application deadline is Early April.

The African American Literatures and Cultures Institute at UT San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio African American Literatures and Cultures Institute cultivates students to join the US professoriate by providing research stipends, rigorous mentoring, and innovative academic training. The program responds to the pressing need for diversifying all areas of US higher education — from graduate study to academic research through administrative leadership. The four-week program in June also provides participants with housing, materials and instruction related to African American literature and black studies, prepares for graduate school applications, enhances your writing and research skills. Application deadline is Early March.

Leadership Alliance at various locations

The Leadership Alliance Summer Research – Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepared them to pursue competitive applications to graduate Schools. With one common application, students can apply to up to three of 22 summer research sites [link to http://www.theleadershipalliance.org/Programs/SummerResearch/ViewResearchSites/tabid/249/Default.aspx]. Interested students should review these research areas carefully and make selections that best match their own interests and experience with the selected institutions’ programs. Application deadline is February 1.

MMUF Writing and Research Training Program at UCLA

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Writing and Research Training Program at UCLA is a six-week writing and research summer program for 20 current Mellon Mays Fellows from participating Mellon Mays colleges and universities. The program is especially geared toward Mellon Mays Fellows from institutions in the western United States. Fellows participate in a rigorous scholarly writing and research methodology course, individual and group mentoring sessions, workshops, events, and a final research colloquium. The program also includes on-campus housing and a meal allowance. The centerpiece of the program is an intensive scholarly writing and research methodology course. In addition to working on their individual research projects, students learn to write in disciplinary contexts, cultivate their interpretive skills, and experiment with new digital research tools. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive UCLA course credit. Application deadline is March 15.

MMUF Summer Research Training Program at University of Chicago

A nine week program, run from June-August, the MMUF Summer Research Training Program at the University of Chicago aims to initiate and cultivate each student as future researchers and scholars who will enter Ph.D. programs and pursue careers in the academy. Through the Summer Research Training Program we deepen students critical and analytical thinking capacities, develop further their scholarly writing and presentation skills, introduce them to methodology and research design relevant to their areas of study, as well as foster community in which the values and commitments of Benjamin Mays are explored and honored. Courses are taught by faculty and advanced graduate students (supervised by faculty). The program is flexible enough to be adapted to the needs of both rising juniors and rising seniors. Application deadline is early April.

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program at University of NC

The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a graduate-level research experience for highly talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing doctorates in the humanities, social sciences or fine arts. MURAP aims to foster the entrance of students from underrepresented minority groups, as well as others with a proven commitment to diversity, into graduate school and faculty positions in academia. Each summer, the program brings a cohort of 20 rising juniors and seniors in college to our campus for an intensive, ten-week research experience. Application deadline is early February.

Summer Research Initiative at University of Maryland

The Summer Research Initiative (SRI) was created in 1999 by the Office of the Dean in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS). The program is designed to encourage and enhance the diversity of scholars working in the social and behavioral science fields. All students who will be rising juniors or seniors are eligible for the Summer Research Initiative. The University of Maryland has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity. In that spirit, we are very interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of individuals, specifically African American, Hispanic, and American Indian students. Students will be provided a meaningful research experience by working with a faculty mentor in one of nine academic departments that include: African American Studies, Anthropology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, Government and Politics, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Psychology, and Sociology. Application deadline is early February.

Summer Research Opportunity Program at Northwestern University

The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is an eight-week competitive research experience at Northwestern University for sophomores and juniors from colleges and universities across the United States. All fields of research at Northwestern are open to SROP participants including the social sciences and humanities, physical sciences, chemical and biological sciences, technology, math and engineering fields. Application deadline is early February.

Summer Research Opportunity Program at University of Michigan

The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) offers outstanding undergraduates underrepresented in their field of study the opportunity to conduct intensive research across a variety of disciplines for 4 weeks. The goal is to prepare students for advanced studies in a Ph.D. program at U-M. SROP allows undergraduates the opportunity to work on graduate level research projects with faculty. Students work with faculty mentors either on an individual basis or as part of a research team. Application deadline is early February.

Summer Research Opportunity Program at UC Berkeley

The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) offers summer research opportunities in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences for sophomores and juniors. It is an eight-week program. The goal of SROP is to increase the level of diversity among students entering Ph.D. programs by providing research opportunities under the supervision of faculty and graduate student mentors. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have shown potential for s uccess, but may have had limited access to graduate research or other academic opportunities. The program strongly encourages applications from undergraduates who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged, and who show potential to benefit from exposure to the environment of a research university. All applicants will be considered without regard to race or gender. Application deadline is early February.

Summer Research Program at Columbia University

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences hosts the eight- to ten-week Summer Research Program (SRP) for undergraduates from groups that have been historically underrepresented in academia. Participants conduct graduate-level research under the supervision of a Columbia faculty mentor, approximating the graduate experience through exposure to the mentor/advisee relationship, scholarly research opportunities, and independent living. The aim of the program is to foster a deeper knowledge of the field in question, to hone skills that are necessary for success in doctoral study, and to encourage students to pursue academic careers.. Application deadline is early February.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at UC Irvine 

UC Irvine’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program offers undergraduate and master’s diversity students an opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects and provides an intense course of graduate preparation workshops. The 8-week program, which is designed for students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. or M.F.A. degree and enter academic careers, provides the tools needed to facilitate application, admission, and enrollment to graduate school. The SURF program is open to virtually all academic fields at UC Irvine. Qualified students with interest in pursuing their graduate program at UC Irvine are especially encouraged to apply. Application deadline is early February.

Summer Program for Undergraduate Research at Cornell

Cornell University offers a variety of summer programs open to undergraduate students at varying levels. Programs are between 8-10 weeks and application deadlines may vary by program.