UC San Diego receives $12 million gift for Hellman Fellows Program

UC San Diego receives $12 million gift for Hellman Fellows Program

The University of California, San Diego has announced a $12 million gift from the Hellman Foundation in support of permanently endowing the Hellman Fellows Program on all ten UC campuses.

Established in 1994, the fellowship program provides between $10,000 and $65,000 to outstanding early-career faculty across the arts and humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields. In addition to establishing the Hellman Fellows Endowed Fund, the gift will create the UC San Diego Society of Hellman Fellows. With its latest gift, the foundation has committed a total of $125 million across the UC system in support of the program.

"My parents, Warren and Chris Hellman, used to say that creating the Hellman Fellows Program was one of the best things our family ever did," said Hellman Fellows Fund president Frances Hellman. "Having had the opportunity to support over nineteen hundred faculty over the years, I enthusiastically agree. Their discoveries, commitment to their work, and great potential continue to inspire us year after year. We are thrilled to be carrying on our father's legacy by ensuring that the Hellman Fellows Program can exist in perpetuity throughout the University of California system."

"With dwindling federal funding and a critical need for UC research, especially during the coronavirus era, this generous gift could not come at a better time," said UC president Janet Napolitano. "The incredible public spirit of the Hellman Fellows Program will support yet another generation of outstanding scholars and scientists whose careers, achievements and breakthrough research will benefit California and the world. We will be forever grateful to the Hellman family for this enduring, impactful program."

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"UC San Diego receives $12 million endowment from the Hellman Foundation." University of California, San Diego press release 06/23/2020.