Mellon Foundation Awards $2.4 Million to Emory University

Emory University in Atlanta has announced a $2.4 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the reassessment, reconfiguration, and strengthening of the humanities across the university.

The grant will enable Emory to recruit a cohort of junior and mid-career faculty that will comprise a "society of fellows" that helps guide how the humanities departments and faculty members work together to integrate humanistic principles across the university. Graduate students also will be included in the program, with their involvement serving as a bridge to the next generation of faculty.

The program will build on recent interdisciplinary collaborations at Emory while focusing on three broad areas: digital scholarship, mind/brain neuroscience, and humanities in the age of the human genome.

"This initiative comes at a key moment in Emory's history," said provost and executive vice president for academic affairs Earl Lewis. "Given the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of inquiry and the development of new methodological tools, the university has been anticipating the need for strategic changes in hiring, departmental intellectual configuration, research, publication, and scholarly collaborations."

"Emory $2.4 Million Grant Supports Changes in Humanities." Emory University Press Release 02/08/2010.