Johns Hopkins University

Spring 2008
Vol. 5, No.2


William R. Brody to Retire from Presidency

Lattman to Lead Hauptman-Woodward Institute

A Learning Lab for Conservation

A Super Bowl He Won't Soon Forget

Student Standouts

>Mellon Foundation Boosts Support for Humanities

The Financial Side of Economics

Writin' About a Revolution

Conversation in Bloom

Admissions by the Numbers

Moving a Mummy, Going Green

Faculty News

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Mellon Foundation Boosts Support for Humanities

In a strong show of support for graduate humanities programs at Johns Hopkins, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has pledged more than $4 million to the school in two separate grants.

A grant of just over $1 million acts as a renewal of the existing Mellon postdoctoral fellowship program in the humanities, which will be restructured around the burgeoning field of Diaspora studies.

The Mellon Foundation has also created a $3 million endowment for the support of graduate work in the humanities. The money will be used initially to provide grants for research trips, support language training, and augment current stipend levels for humanities graduate students.

"It's always gratifying to receive support for work that is at the heart of the school's mission," says Adam Falk, the school's James B. Knapp Dean. "We have sought for years to enhance the support of our graduate students and the recruitment of the very best graduate students in the humanities. Our new partnership with the Mellon Foundation will help enormously in that regard, and we are grateful for the confidence that the foundation has shown."

The fellowship program represents an unusually high level of support for humanities and postdoctoral studies, so its renewal is significant. The new focus for the five-year program, beginning in 2009, will build on the work of the school's Center for Africana Studies—a major subfield of which is the study of the African Diaspora—but will apply also to Diaspora studies of many other ethnic groups.

The university will hire a total of 12 Mellon fellows for two-year appointments over the next four years.