UC celebrates $15 million Mellon grant to support faculty diversity
UC has announced the receipt of a $15 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP). This funding will help expand the number of PPFP fellowships at UC and establish a program for hiring faculty whose research and teaching emphasize diversity and equity in the humanities and humanities-inflected social sciences at our six federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI). These include UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis.
“Mellon’s generous gift will support our postdoctoral fellows for careers in academia and offer additional mentorship for tenure-track faculty posts at the university,” says UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D. “This funding from the Foundation bolsters support for those whose earnest work advances diversity, equity and inclusion — all enduring values and priorities for UC. We are so appreciative.”Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, diversity, President Drake