November 24, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-The Trustees of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have awarded Amherst College a grant of $250,000 to appoint three postdoctoral fellows in the fall of 2005. The fellows will participate in new interdisciplinary initiatives on campus that have emerged through curricular work supported by the President's Initiative Fund.

The funding enables the college to build upon a successful program that has been in place since 1998, when the Mellon Foundation provided its first grant to Amherst in support of postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences. Postdoctoral fellowships are common nationally in the natural sciences, but there are fewer such opportunities for new Ph.D.s in the humanities and social sciences, particularly at small liberal arts colleges. These new fellowships will help to enhance interdisciplinary curricular innovations at the college, while allowing the fellows to hone their teaching and research skills before taking on a tenure track position.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is a private foundation, with assets of approximately $4 billion, which makes grants on a selective basis to institutions in higher education; museums and art conservation; performing arts; population; conservation and the environment; and public affairs.