MMUF Resources

Institute for Recruitment of Teachers

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) Summer Workshop in Andover, Massachusetts helps students sharpen their writing, speaking, and critical analysis skills in preparation for graduate school. This program features interviews with graduate school deans and waiver of application fees to 35 top graduate schools. The IRT Associates program also assists students with the graduate school application process. Please see the IRT site for more details.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF)

The WWNFF administers Dissertation Grants, Travel and Research Grants, and Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowships. Further WWNFF information can be found on the WWNFF site.

The African American Literatures and Cultures Institute
University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio African American Literatures and Cultures Institute cultivates students to join the US professoriate by providing research stipends, rigorous mentoring, and innovative academic training. The program responds to the pressing need for diversifying all areas of US higher education — from graduate study to academic research through administrative leadership. Participants are selected through a competitive application process and will receive a $2,000 research stipend. The four-week program also provides participants with housing, materials and instruction related to African American literature and black studies, preparation for graduate school applications (i.e. personal statement and GRE), and a scholarly excursion to New York City.
Please visit the AALCI website for more information.

Leadership Alliance

The Leadership Alliance offers summer research experiences in all academic disciplines. SR-EIP participants are engaged in scholarly research projects at 21 member institutions and one corporate partner. Programs involve weekly seminars and regularly scheduled field trips and social and cultural activities. The institutions set high standards and offer outstanding, closely mentored research experiences. With one common application, students can apply to up to three of 22 program sites. Interested students should review these research areas carefully and make selections that best match their own interests and experience with the selected institutions’ programs. Please visit the program website for more information.

MIT Summer Research Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) seeks to promote the value of graduate education; to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; and to prepare and recruit the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT.

MSRP began in 1986 as an institutional effort to address the issue of underrepresentation of African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and Puerto Ricans in engineering and science in the United States. Today, this program’s goal is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities and underserved (e.g. low socio-economic background, first generation) students in the research enterprise.

MSRP seeks to identify talented sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT’s campus, conducting research under the guidance of MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students.
Students who participate in this program will be better prepared and motivated to pursue advanced degrees, thereby helping to sustain a rich talent pool in critical areas of research and innovation.  Please visit the program website for more information.

MMUF Summer Research Training Program
University of Chicago

The MMUF Summer Research Training Program prepares rising junior and senior undergraduate students for graduate study by enhancing their critical and analytical thinking capacities, developing their scholarly writing and presentation skills, introducing them to methodology and research design relevant to their areas of study. More information is available at the program website.

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) is committed to increasing diversity, gaining research experience, and pursuing doctoral degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. Students design and conduct research projects, interact with faculty mentors, and receive GRE-preparatory courses during the summer program. MURAP invites applications for a ten-week paid summer research internship for undergraduate students (rising juniors or rising seniors at the end of this academic year). The program will be held from May – August, 2018 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The MURAP program seeks to prepare talented and motivated students from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds, or those with a proven commitment to diversity, for graduate study and academic careers in fields in the humanities, social sciences and fine arts. The program provides students with a rigorous research experience under the guidance of a UNC faculty mentor. Each student participant will receive:

-Campus Housing
-Meal Allowance
-Weekly or biweekly writing, communication skills and professional development workshops
-GRE prep course
-Paid domestic travel expenses

The application deadline is February 2020. For more details about the program please see the attached announcement. To access an application and for additional information about MURAP please go to this site.

Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute
New York Public Library

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have created the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute to encourage minority students and others with an interest in African-American , African, and African Diasporan Studies to pursue PhDs in the humanities.

The program, which is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, offers a six-week session for ten undergraduate rising seniors (juniors in spring 2020, entering their senior year in fall 2020, graduating in 2021).

Males and students from HBCUs are encouraged to apply.

The Institute, with the help of renowned scholars, will develop and nurture the students’ interest in the appropriate disciplines, and provide them with the requisite intellectual challenges and orientations needed to pursue humanities careers and to reach their full potential. More information is available at the program website.

Stanford Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)
Stanford University

SR-EIP encourages students from underserved and underrepresented groups in the social sciences and humanities to consider research careers in the academic, public or private sectors. Please visit the program website for more information.

Summer Research Initiative (SRI)
University of Maryland College Park 

Students will be provided a meaningful research experience by working with a faculty mentor in one of nine academic departments that include: African American Studies, Anthropology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, Government and Politics, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Psychology, and Sociology. The program will also supplement student’s research experience with lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities. Students will be provided round-trip airfare, meals, room and board in University on-campus housing and a stipend of $2,700. Please visit the program website for more information.

Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
Northwestern University (IL)

The SROP program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) provides sophomores and juniors an opportunity for direct involvement in research. Each student who is selected to participate in the program will work with a faculty member in the student’s area of interest on an individual or ongoing research project. The student will present their project at a research forum at the end of the program. Each student chosen to participate in the SROP will receive a $4500 stipend, round-trip airfare, University housing and a campus meal subsidy of $200. Please visit the program website for more information.

Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School

The SROP program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, offers outstanding undergraduates underrepresented in their field of study the opportunity to conduct intensive research across a variety of disciplines. SROP allows undergraduates the opportunity to work on graduate level research projects with faculty. Students work with faculty mentors either on an individual basis or as part of a research team. Students participating in the 4-week program will receive a $4,000 stipend, travel expenses, room and board in University on-campus housing, GRE preparation,
access to campus facilities, and a fee waiver to apply to a future Rackham Graduate School doctoral program. Please visit the program website for more information.

Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA)

The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.

Now in its 35th year, SROP celebrates the achievements of its alumni. To date, over 600 program alumni have earned a Ph.D. degree and are now preparing the next generation of SROP scholars as mentors and teachers. Thousands of others have completed graduate training and are pursuing successful careers in government, business, and non-profit agencies.  Please visit the program website for more information.

Summer Research Program (SRP)
Columbia University

The SRP program has a dual purpose: to expose underrepresented students to graduate-level academic research so that they can begin to view the academy as a viable and realistic career path and to address the shortage of underrepresented minorities in doctoral study. The Program promotes and develops skills that are necessary for success in doctoral study as students receive an introduction to the rigors and pleasures of advanced academic work. The SRP is designed to approximate graduate study, particularly in mentor relationships, scholarly research and independent living. Group excursions to places of cultural and academic interest are also planned to complement the formal research. Please visit the program website for more information.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
University of California Irvine

UCI’s unique Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program offers undergraduate diversity students with outstanding academic potential an opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. The program provides students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. degree and enter academic careers with the tools needed to facilitate the application, admission, and enrollment process for graduate school. The program is open to virtually all academic fields (e.g., arts, education, humanities, social sciences, social ecology, biological sciences, engineering, computer science, physical science, etc.). Please visit the program website for more information. Please visit the program website for more information. 

Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP)
University of California, Riverside

Established in 1987, the Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP) is our eight-week summer research    program designed for rising juniors, seniors (and some masters students) from educationally and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Participants work under the supervision of a faculty mentor on the mentor’s research project.  Please visit the program website for more information.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Writing and Research Training Program
University of California, Los Angeles

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Writing and Research Training Program at UCLA is a six-week writing and research summer program for 20 current Mellon Mays Fellows from participating Mellon Mays colleges and universities. The program is especially geared toward Mellon Mays Fellows from institutions in the western United States. Fellows participate in a rigorous scholarly writing and research methodology course, individual and group mentoring sessions, workshops, events, and a final research colloquium. The program also includes on-campus housing and a meal allowance. Please visit the program website for more information.

Student Mentoring and Research Teams (SMART)
University of California Berkeley

Student Mentoring and Research Teams (SMART) engages doctoral students in creating mentored research opportunities for undergraduate students at UC Berkeley. This program is designed to broaden the professional development of doctoral candidates and to foster research skills and paths to advanced studies for undergraduates.  Please visit their website for more information.

Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowships in Law and Social Science for Undergraduate Students
American Bar Foundation

The American Bar Foundation sponsors a program of summer research fellowships to interest undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in pursuing graduate study in the social sciences. The summer program is designed to introduce students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the American Bar Foundation is an independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to the study of law, legal institutions, and legal processes. The Foundation conducts empirically based research on a broad range of civil and criminal justice issues.

Current research areas include: professionalism and the transformation of the legal profession in the United States and abroad, the dynamics of employment discrimination disputes, the impact of civil rights law on the economic progress of minorities, jury decision making, public interest lawyering and social reform, historical analyses of labor, group libel, and regulatory law, and the role of law in racial relations, postcolonial settings, and globalization. The Foundation’s research is conducted by a multidisciplinary resident research faculty with academic training in law, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, history, and anthropology. Many ABF Research Professors hold joint appointments at Chicago-area universities. Recognized as a major institution in the field of law and social science, the Foundation offers a rich environment to students considering an academic or research career.  Please visit their website for more information.