Mellon Foundation Awards $2.9 Million to University of Virginia

The University of Virginia has announced a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund interdisciplinary humanities initiatives at the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

The grant will support up to ten new interdisciplinary faculty positions and fellowships for graduate students in the newly conceived Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, which will begin programming later this fall under the direction of English professor Michael Levenson.

"We're grateful to the Mellon Foundation for its generous support of this important initiative," said Meredith Jung-En Woo, Buckner W. Clay Dean of Arts & Sciences. "The infusion of faculty and graduate student support will serve as an engine of scholarly, pedagogical, and public production in the humanities — seeding new courses and major collaborative research that help define and reflect the public mission of the university.

"Mellon Grant Will Fuel U.Va.'s Humanities Faculty, Teaching and Research." University of Virginia Press Release 10/11/2011.