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The Society of Hellman Fellows

Advancing the careers of junior faculty through endowed research fellowships on all ten University of California campuses.

Chris and Warren Hellman, started the Hellman Fellows Program in 1995, in partnership with their daughter Frances Hellman, who was a recently-tenured faculty at UC San Diego.  The landmark Hellman Fellows Program has been transformational for scholars throughout the years, providing early career fellowships before tenure that allows faculty to continue to take risks, gather necessary data or to complete research that will take their academic careers to the next level.

Our Programs:

Ten University of California Campuses and Three Private Institutions

The Hellman Fellows Program was launched at UC San Diego and UC Berkeley in 1995 — making a handful of awards to promising early-stage researchers. These initial gifts proved incredibly successful, and the Program was subsequently expanded over several years to all ten UC campuses and several private institutions. In 2020, the Hellman Fellows program endowed the Society of Hellman Fellows on all ten UC campuses ensuring the Program would support junior faculty research in perpetuity.

A Sample of Hellman Fellow Profiles