Hellman support crucial to junior faculty, extends to graduate students
“My experience is that support from private organizations such as the Hellman Fellows Fund is particularly important in enabling researchers to go off in new, unexpected directions.”
Chris and Warren Hellman (1934-2011) began the Hellman Fellows Program in 1995, providing grants in support of junior faculty research. In the last decade, the program has expanded to all 10 UC campuses and has supported more than 900 junior faculty members, some of whom have gone on to lead departments, win MacArthur “genius” awards, and more.
Now, thanks to a multiyear grant from the Hellman Fellows Fund, that stellar support is being extended to UC Berkeley doctoral students who exhibit the capacity for great distinction, through the new Hellman Graduate Awards.
“I think this is a wonderful new program that will enable us to recruit and support some of the top graduate students in the country,” said Eliot Quataert (pictured), a 2003 Hellman Faculty Fellow who currently teaches astronomy and physics at Berkeley. “Personally, I am particularly excited about the prospect of providing research funding via this fellowship for graduate students early in their Berkeley careers.”
“My experience is that support from private organizations such as the Hellman Fellows Fund is particularly important in enabling researchers to go off in new, unexpected directions,” said Quataert.