University of Illinois Receives $2 Million From Mellon Foundation

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced a grant of more than $2 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of emerging areas of study in its Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.

The grant will enable IPRH to create programs in the bio-humanities, environmental humanities, and legal humanities and recruit postdoctoral fellows in those areas to the university. In all three areas, artists and humanists will be invited to engage in research and contribute to the broader understanding of the biological/medical world, ecological and environmental issues, and the intersection of the humanities with the law, while also advancing pedagogical practice and creating new curricular opportunities for undergraduates.

"This funding creates an outstanding opportunity for our faculty and students at Illinois to advance research and pedagogy in these critically important areas of inquiry," said IPRH director Dianne Harris. "Our faculty and students are poised to make exceptional intellectual contributions that can shape new ways of understanding these fields nationwide. I remain very grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for making it possible for us to engage in this important work."