MMUF Fellows entering Ph.D. programs in Mellon Designated Fields within 39 months* of graduation from their undergraduate institution are eligible for repayment of their undergraduate loans up to a maximum of $10,000. MFA degrees that are research-based (not performance-based) in nature may be eligible for undergraduate loan repayments of up to $5,000 at the Foundation’s discretion.  These funds can only be paid out upon completion of the MFA degree. Only undergraduate debt accrued through Perkins, Stafford, or college loan programs qualify for repayment. 

*Fellows entering eligible Ph.D. programs after being out of college longer than 39 months may write to the Associate Director of MMUF to be considered for continuing benefits on a case-by-case basis. 

Conditions of Loan Repayment (Please read carefully):

Fellows in the UNCF/Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship Program are eligible to have repaid up to $10,000.00 of their undergraduate educational loans under the following conditions: 

The Fellow is pursuing full-time graduate work toward the Ph.D. degree in one of the following fields: 

Anthropology and Archaeology; Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies; Art History; Classics; Geography and Population Studies; English; Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus); Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Music Theory; Foreign Languages and Literatures; History; Linguistics; Literature; Performance Studies (theoretical focus); Philosophy and Political Theory; Religion and Theology; Sociology; Theater (non-performance focus); Interdisciplinary Studies: Interdisciplinary areas of study may be eligible if they have one or more Mellon fields at their core 

The Fellow must enter graduate school no later than 39 months after receiving the undergraduate degree. 

Please select this link for more information and an application.