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Hellman Fellows Fund

hellman fellows fund

Established by Warren and Chris Hellman and their children in 1994, the purpose of the Hellman Fellows Program is to support the research of promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their fields. Former UC Merced fellows have gone on to receive significant grants, including from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, have become successful authors in such prestigious journals as Nature, and have served in notable leadership roles on several of UC Merced’s Academic Senate Committees.


Support the UC Merced Society of Hellman Fellows

Through a generous gift from the Hellman Fellows Fund in 2020, UC Merced recently established the UC Merced Society of Hellman Fellows to provide vital funding in perpetuity for early career faculty to support their research expenditures. To make a donation to the UC Merced Society of Hellman Fellows, click here.

Additionally, the UC Merced Society of Hellman Fellows has designated a portion of the funding received from the Hellman Fellows Fund to match donations made to establish named endowed early career faculty support funds. For more information on how to support the important work of early career faculty at UC Merced through the establishment of a named fund, contact Associate Vice Chancellor of External Relations Lisa Pollard Carlson at

For early career faculty with questions about the application process, contact