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City College Fellowships Program

City College Fellowships Program

The first step on your way to the PhD.
Workshops provide Fellows with important information and advice
Faculty mentors guide Fellows to develop skills and prepare for graduate study
Fellows present their research at the program's annual conference
Graduated Fellows are pursuing doctoral degrees at the nation's top universities

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.

The Steering Committee for the City College Fellowship and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship is appointed by the Provost and made up of CCNY faculty members who set policy for the programs and recruit and select candidates.  Current members are: Susan Besse (HIST); James Booth (EAS); Timothy Ellmore (PSYCH); Isabel Estrada (FL); Swapan Gayen (PHY); Ramona Hernandez (SOC & DSI); Andras Kisery (ENGL); and Adrienne Petty (HIST). 



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.



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.


City College Fellows are recruited every semester with application deadlines of December 1 and May 1. Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows are recruited once a year with an application deadline of March 10.



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,





December 1st and May 1st


March 10th


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



Learn more about the application process. Submit your online application now .




Prof. Susan Besse
Director of Program
Associate Professor of History

North Academic Center
Room 5/118
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY  10031

p:  212.650.7475



Renee Philippi
Administrative Program Director

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

p:  212.650.8388