How to Apply

How to apply

You may apply to the MMUF Program in one of two ways:

1. You may identify a faculty mentor with whom you would like to work over the two-year fellowship period, and a specific research topic, designed collaboratively with your chosen mentor, for the first summer of the program.

Your faculty mentor should be in the discipline in which you plan to major and in which you plan to attend graduate school. Frequently, our fellows select their mentors from among the professors with whom they have become acquainted in a course. You also may be able to identify a faculty member whose research interests are close to yours, whether or not you have had him or her in a course. If you have questions about this process or would like help identifying a mentor, please make an appointment to see the MMUF Program Coordinator, Prof. Tsitsi Jaji (, who will advise you.

BUT, do not allow the issue of finding a faculty mentor prevent you from applying to this program:

2. You may apply to the MMUF Program without a faculty mentor or project. If selected to participate in the program, you will work with the MMUF program coordinators to identify an appropriate mentor at Duke. You will then have the choice of either working with that mentor to design a research project for the first summer OR working with the Mellon program coordinators to identify a summer research program elsewhere in which you would participate.

All applicants must submit an application, as well as the following letters of recommendation, which are in Word format below.

  • If you are applying with a mentor: one (1) Faculty Reference Form and one (1) Faculty Mentor Support Letter, OR
  • If you are applying without a mentor: two (2) Faculty Reference Forms

The Faculty Reference Forms and Faculty Mentor Support Letters should be sent directly by the writers, by email attachment to:

Melissa Rains
Program Coordiantor
MMUF Program
B207 Bay 8 North Smith Warehouse, Box 90756
Phone: (919) 660-3070

Application Deadline

Friday, February 23, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

The application and support letters should be submitted no later than Friday, February 23, 2018 5:00 p.m.

Duke MMUF Forms: