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Hellman Fellows Fund

"Established by Warren & 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 chosen fields of endeavor. The Hellman Fellows Program makes grants to research institutions to support junior faculty research on individual campuses. The program institution is responsible for selecting the awardees. The Hellman Fellows Awards are open to a broad reach of academic disciplines, including the arts, humanities, and social sciences, sciences and engineering."  Hellman Fellows Fund


*A call to all eligible applicants was sent in February of 2018.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What activities does the Hellman Fellows Fund support?

The Hellman Fellows Fund supports junior faculty research on the ten campuses of the UC system and at four private institutions.


What are the selection criteria for the Hellman Fellows?

This year UC Merced is calling for applications from assistant professors who will be in their fourth through fifth years at the time the awards are granted (July 2018). 


What fields are generally represented among the Hellman Fellows?

The Hellman Fellows Fund typically supports all disciplines represented by the program institution (schools of medicine, schools of dentistry or veterinary medicine are not supported). 


How can the Hellman Fellowship be spent?

Awards can be spent as needed for research purposes (equipment, travel, photography, graduate RA's etc.) Awards cannot be used to replace salaries paid by the institution. 


Who are Chris & Warren Hellman? 

Chris & Warren (1934-2011) lived in San Francisco. The Hellman's have four adult children who are actively engaged in the family's philanthropy. 


For questions regarding the application process or criteria please contact Bernadette Mello at