15 Join Society of Hellman Fellows

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  • $246,000 in awards given to early-career faculty members
  • SF family provided $6 million to endow the program last year
  • Hellman fellowships, though, date back to 2008 at UC Davis

UC Davis recently awarded its latest round of Hellman Fellowships, which provide research funding to faculty members when they need it the most: early in their careers.


The 15 new fellows, all of them assistant professors, received awards of $3,500 to $35,000 — for a grand total of $246,000.

In addition, the recipients are now members of the UC Davis Society of Hellman Fellows. The “society” name is relatively new, but the fellowships are not, having been given on an annual basis here since 2008 with funding from the philanthropists Warren and Chris Hellman and family of San Francisco.

Last year, the family ended its year-to-year funding and gave $6 million to UC Davis to endow the program in perpetuity — a program to be called the Society of Hellman Fellows.

The UC Davis Society of Hellman Fellows endowment fund is open for contributions from others. For more information, contact Sarah Carle by email or phone, 530-752-1282, in the Office of Foundation and Corporate Engagement.

“What a wonderful gift the Hellman family has provided us,” said Phil Kass, vice provost for Academic Affairs, which administers the Hellman Fellowships at UC Davis. "We look forward to seeing what our early-career faculty members can accomplish with this funding, and how it can be the impetus for even greater accomplishments in the future."

The Hellman Fellows Program began at UC San Diego and UC Berkeley in 1995 and grew to take in all 10 UC campuses — all of which received endowments last year for permanent funding of a Society of Hellman Fellows.

The UC Davis society now numbers 178 fellows (2008 to 2021). The newest members are from a variety of disciplines: nutrition and plant sciences, design and Chicana and Chicano studies, economics and political science, and mathematics, engineering and environmental toxicology.

Here are the 2021-22 Hellman Fellows, each listed with the titles of the projects for which they sought funding (for each fellow, click on the box to see their faculty or lab webpage):

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Dateline Staff: Dave Jones, editor, 530-752-6556, dateline@ucdavis.edu; Cody Kitaura, News and Media Relations specialist, 530-752-1932, kitaura@ucdavis.edu.

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