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Michigan Society of Fellows Receives $1M Mellon Foundation Gift

The University of Michigan has received a $1 million gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to endow four postdoctoral humanities positions in the Michigan Society of Fellows, one of the most prestigious postdoctoral fellowship programs in the country.

Additional funds were committed by the Rackham Graduate School to permanently secure these positions. In 2007, a $1.97 million gift from Mellon funded these positions for six years. This new gift ensures the future of the fellows, providing the opportunity for recent Ph.D.s with the time and financial support to prepare the major publication usually required to obtain a tenured faculty position.

Price Gifts Support Rackham Graduate School, Clements Library

The late Professor Jacob Price of Ann Arbor was passionate about the University of Michigan, his students and history.

A distinguished faculty member for 35 years, Price saw teaching history as his gift to students. Decades after retiring, he found another way to give students and scholars the gift of education by including the Rackham Graduate School and William L. Clements Library in his will, further cementing his legacy at U-M.

A Very Barbour Summer

It was an extremely empowering summer in our department at the Rackham Graduate School, and we’d like to thank all of you for contributing to it.

Our team grew by 50% for 10 weeks as we added two U-M students to our roster, both focusing on different aspects of the Barbour Scholar program as we prepare for the centennial events that will transpire in 2017.