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Hellman Fellowship Program 

The Hellman Fellowship Program was established at UC San Diego in 1995 through the generosity of Chris and Warren Hellman. 2020-2021 marks the 26th year of this valuable program that is designed to provide financial support and encouragement to young faculty in the core disciplines who show capacity for great distinction in their research and creative activities. Funds awarded are intended as one-time support for activities that will enhance the individual's progress towards tenure; therefore, prior to receiving a Fellowship, faculty recipients will have served at least two years at the assistant professor rank as evidence of their promise of distinction. The maximum award amount is $50,000.

A call for applications for the 2021-2022 Hellman Fellows Program will be sent to eligible faculty in January 2021.

The application process for the Hellman Fellows Program is administered by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor. For additional information, contact Lisa Riolo at (858) 534 6737 or

Current and Past Hellman Fellows 

Application Guidelines 


  • Full-time, non-tenured, general campus and Scripps Institution of Oceanography ladder-rank faculty who are approaching their third year of appointment or beyond are eligible for consideration. Previous Hellman Fellows are ineligible.
  • Preference in the allocation of Fellowships is given to assistant professors of great promise who have not previously received substantial extramural funds targeted to new investigators, and who have a demonstrated need for additional funds. The maximum award amount is $50,000.
  • Preference is given to those for whom the award would make a significant difference in their advancement towards tenure.
  • Funds may be used for *summer salary support, research and laboratory equipment, travel, and other research-related expenses including salaries for students or research assistants, but may not be used to replace faculty salaries during the academic year. (*At the request of the donors, summer salary support should not comprise the majority of the proposed budget).
  • The recipient must be in the assistant professor rank at the time the transfer of award funds occurs.


  1. Brief description (no more than 4 pages) of your proposed project. The project description should include the following elements: (i) A description of the research/creative activities; (ii) A description of the methodology, including a time frame; equipment requests should be detailed to include how equipment will be used; and (iii) An explanation of how these activities will assist in the progress toward tenure.
  2. UC San Diego Academic Biography/Bibliography [same format as the one submitted for review]. Be sure to include your bibliography at the end of your UC San Diego Academic Biography form
  3. Abstract (Approx. 50 words).
  4. Two-line description of the project suitable to be sent to the donors.
  5. Itemized budget request.
  6. Information regarding your current funding, confirmed future funding, pending applications. Include a breakdown of each item specifying the amount, fund source, and effective dates (years). On current funding, insert remaining balances.
  7. Total number of each type of publication during your career (journal articles, refereed journal articles, refereed conference articles, books, book chapters, abstracts, and other texts) that fall into the categories of submitted, accepted for publication, and published. If you wish to include other creative activities that have been completed or are in progress, use the optional matrix identified for this purpose.

Department Chair Evaluation Form

After an eligible faculty member submits an online application, an electronic request will be sent to the appropriate Department Chair for completion of the Chair online evaluation form. You may also see a PDF version of the form.