The University of California system has announced a $10 million matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of collaborative, interdisciplinary humanities research and education across the UC system.
The foundation's largest grant ever to the system will help create a $30 million endowment in support of the University of California Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine, and the UC Humanities Network, a multi-campus research program housed within the institute. A collaborative campaign across the ten UC campuses will be launched to raise $20 million in matching funds over the next four years.
Across the system, UCHRI hosts residential fellows and projects, sponsors a consortium of interconnected humanities centers and multi-campus interdisciplinary research groups, and awards research fellowships for faculty and graduate students, while the network supports activities ranging from individual research projects to collaborative research that brings together scholars from every campus.
"Together, the UC Humanities Research Institute and the UC Humanities Network constitute one of the most collaborative and generative ecosystems for humanities research among public universities in the world," said Mellon Foundation executive vice president Mariët Westermann. "In a time of relentless challenges for higher education, UC's steely financial commitment to the humanities is admirable and makes the system a crucial partner for the foundation."
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