Mellon Foundation gives Tulane $1.05 million

October 19, 2011

Mike Strecker

Mellon Foundation gives Tulane $1.05 million

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has given another $1.05 million to Tulane University to continue the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program it established at the university’s School of Liberal Arts in 2008.

The latest grant will fund nine postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities for up to six years. The funding is in addition to a $1.05 million grant the Mellon Foundation made to Tulane in 2008 to establish an initial nine postdoctoral humanities fellowships.
“The Mellon Foundation supports institutions that are either leaders or promising newcomers. With the post-Katrina reorganization of Tulane that created the School of Liberal Arts, we like to feel Tulane fits both of these categories. We are most grateful to the Mellon Foundation for confirming this belief,” Tulane President Scott Cowen says.

“This generous grant will allow us to continue the important work of the Mellon Fellows Program at Tulane,” says Carole Haber, dean of the School of Liberal Arts. “This program has advanced humanities research and teaching for the benefit of students, faculty, fellows and the academic community worldwide.”
The Tulane history, French/Italian, Spanish/Portuguese, English, philosophy and communication departments will be the primary participants in the program but fellows will be chosen for their ability to engage in interdisciplinary areas such as Latin American studies, gender and sexuality studies, urban studies, and the newly created Gulf South studies.

Postdoctoral fellowships are temporary positions held by recent doctoral graduates. Postdoctoral fellows increase their expertise in their chosen discipline while producing scholarly publications and advancing the research and teaching mission of the host university. Many fellows are using archival sources in and around New Orleans to further their scholarship.
Mellon Fellows at Tulane teach one course per semester with the remainder of their time devoted to research and writing.

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