UC Davis will have dozens of new opportunities for early-career faculty members across a broad reach of academic disciplines to receive funding for their research, thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the Hellman Fellows Fund.
The fund will provide $300,000 per year over five years to create individual faculty fellowships in a range of disciplines. Fellowships will range from $3,000 to $50,000 per individual and will be awarded by the university to faculty members who show great promise in their scholarship and have modest means to support their research.
The Hellman Fellows Program was established in 1994 by the Hellman family of San Francisco.
It began when family members, who were junior faculty themselves, observed that young faculty were well-funded when first hired, but often faced challenges after their start-up funding was exhausted and before they were truly competitive for most external funding opportunities. The family began the fund to assist promising young faculty at this early point in their careers.
This recent grant is the second that UCD has received from the foundation; the first was received in 2008. Since the inception of the program, 75 young faculty have received Hellman Fellowships.