Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative (LAMI)


About LAMI

Sponsored by the Leadership Alliance with a grant from the Mellon Foundation, the the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative (LAMI) aims to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing graduate education and careers in the humanities and social sciences. At UVA the LAMI is an eight-week research internship for rising juniors and seniors from groups traditionally underrepresented in humanities and/or social science doctoral studies. In addition to participating in faculty-mentored, research projects, present at a national symposium and receive training in graduate school preparation and the use of digital tools.

LAMI Opportunities at UVA

  • Faculty-mentored research project in a Mellon designated field of study
  • Graduate school preparation sessions and support
  •  Training for the use of digital tools
  • Presentation of summer research and opportunities for networking at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium

Additional Benefits

  • GRE preparation course
  • $3,000 stipend
  • Travel to and from Charlottesville
  • Summer housing and food allowance

Eligible fields of study

Anthropology and Archaeology
Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies
Art History
Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical)
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Geography and Population Studies
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Performance Studies (theoretical focus)
Philosophy and Political Theory
Religion and Theology
Theater (non-performance focus)

Application Process

Applications for LAMI are accepted November 1—February 1. The programs run from June 2nd—July 30th, 2019.

The application can be found here.

More Information

Visit the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative's national website.

Also visit the Summer Research - Early Identification Program (SR-EIP). Note: LAMI is a sub-program of SR-EIP, so the regular SR-EIP page includes information relevent to LAMI (SR-EIP and LAMI use the same application).

Previous LAMI Cohorts

Summer 2018

Summer 2017

Summer 2016

Summer 2015