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Mellon Scholars


As part of the University of Michigan Transfer Bridges to the Humanities@Michigan, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the University of Michigan (U-M) is partnering with faculty and academic units at Henry Ford Community College and Grand Rapids Community College to build bridges and opportunities to broaden access and participation in scholarly work related to the Humanities.

The Mellon Research Scholar Fellowship (MRSF) is a 20 week paid opportunity that allows current Henry Ford Community College and Grand Rapids Community College students interested in the humanities and related social sciences to perform part-time research alongside University of Michigan faculty (10 weeks per semester).  The program runs from October 5, 2020 to April 21st of 2021. 

The humanities comprise a rich and diverse ecosystem of academic disciplines, each of which focuses on a different facet of the human experience. Fields concerned with the study of language, culture, and society are allowed to flourish indiscriminately; artistic expression is cultivated even as it is analyzed. Equally diverse, humanistic research possesses a strong interdisciplinary element that allows for unique, groundbreaking work to be performed. 


Fellowship Dates: October 5, 2020 thru April 21, 2021

Application Opens: Monday, August 31st, 2020

Application Deadline: Monday, September 21, 2020. The application is now closed.

Deadline for Letter of Recommendation: Monday, September 21, 2020

Acceptance Notification: Friday, September 25, 2020

Stipend: Research fellows receive a $1,000-2,500 stipend per semester for their participation in the program, dependent on hours worked per week (between 6 and 12).  Maximum stipend amount is $5,000 for the academic year.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about the Mellon Research Scholar Fellowship, please email