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Mellon Foundation hails CCNY’s MMUF PhD output Shanna Jean Baptiste got her PhD
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program is celebrating the “monumental milestone” of producing more than 1,000 PhDs, with a pat on the back for The City College of New York for its input. “Our data shows that in November the MMUF Program reached the monumental milestone of producing over 1,000 PhDs during the program’s 33-year history,” Armando Bengochea, the Mellon Foundation’s senior program officer for Higher Learning and director of the MMUF, said to Isabel Estrada, director of the City College Fellowships Program. [more] Even as the COVID pandemic put the country on lock down, Shanna Jean-Baptiste earned her PhD at Yale University. Dr. Jean-Baptiste also secured a tenure-track position at Rutgers-New Brunswick. We are incredibly proud of Professor Jean-Baptiste and wish her the best for her career in academia. "I truly owe it all to City College and the Mellon family!" she said. CONGRATULATIONS!


CCNY Fellowship Graduates 2019 Sophia Yip and her experience as MMUF fellow
Meet the remarkable 2019 City College and Mellon Mays Fellows graduates. Each of these students leaves CCNY with an academic goal for greatness. "I wouldn’t be where I am now without the support of the MMUF program. It was an eye-opening and life-changing experience for me. I migrated to the United States, like many of my classmates, at the age of 10. Growing up as a Malaysian Chinese immigrant in the United States, I have become used to people’s questions about my race and ethnicity. In this regard, the great diversity on the CCNY campus had especially made me felt included, supported, and validated. The MMUF program, whose objective is to address the problem of underrepresentation in the academy, provided me a sense of belonging at CCNY."


CCNY MMUF fellowship in their path to a doctorate program  
Five undergraduates, the 29th cohort since The City College of New York joined the exclusive nationwide program, are the latest recipients of Mellon Mays Fellowships. The program’s goal is to help increase diversity in the faculty ranks of higher education by supporting exceptional undergraduates from traditionally underrepresented groups. The recipients are (from left in the picture): Jamar Brown, Hawa Diallo, Abigale Garpestad, Elijah Matos and Bebel D. Nilo.  


The City College Fellowships Program is an umbrella program administering two undergraduate fellowships: The City College Fellowship (CCFELL) and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF).  It brings together approximately 10 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows and 25 City College Fellows into a single, highly diverse and vibrant community of outstanding students who share a common interest in research and common aspirations to earn a Ph.D.

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All Fellows share a common interest in independent research and benefit from faculty mentoring, financial support, pre-graduate school advising, opportunities to present research at conferences, and a supportive intellectual community.

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The eligibility criteria and financial benefits of the two fellowships vary according to the specifications of the donors. See the description of each fellowship for details.

No student may hold more than one of the fellowships simultaneously, although it is possible to transfer from one to another for those who meet the eligibility criteria. For example, a student who wins a City College Fellowship in his or her sophomore year may apply to transfer to the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship as a rising junior.

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The program is housed at City College in room 6/316 of NAC (North Academic Center). We may be reached by telephone (212-650-8388) or email, .

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The Fellows have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. But they share a passion for research.




Prof. Isabel Estrada
Director of Program
Associate Professor of Spanish


Office hours:
By appointment


North Academic Center
Room 5/223
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

p:  212.650.7468



Renee Philippi
Administrative Program Director

Office hours:
Tuesday: 10am-3pm
Wednesday: 10am-3pm
Thursday: 10am-3pm


North Academic Center
Room 6/316
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

p:  212.650.8388