Application Process

Applications should be brief, no more than 3 pages (including budget information and any references), and written with the understanding that they will be reviewed by a panel of faculty from a variety of departments across campus that will most likely not include specialists in the field of study.  Applications should therefore include a description which is accessible to someone who is not an expert in the given field that also provides some details of the proposed work.  Applications must include a brief budget and justification.  Applications should indicate all other sources of support being received.  Faculty with young investigator awards (e.g., the NSF Career Award) are not eligible for this program. Faculty who plan to come up for tenure in 2020-21 should not apply for the award. Faculty awarded the Hellman fellowship who apply for tenure during the year they hold the award are expected to relinquish the award and return all funds. Applicants must have served at least six but no more than eleven quarters at the assistant professor rank as of the start of the fellowship award period. The fellowship award period begins on July 1 of the year in which the fellowship is awarded.

Faculty must be in their seventh to eleventh quarter of service at the assistant professor rank (i.e., by July 1, 2020 have completed at least six full quarters of service, but less than twelve quarters). Only one award per person is allowed. 

Please submit your application via email to avpaa@ucsc.eduApplications for 2021 are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 26.

The quality of the research proposed is the most important criterion for selection. Awards are made without regard to the apparent timeliness or popularity of the field of study and without reference to ethnicity or gender; preference may be given to research not supported substantially by other sources. A faculty member may only receive one award from this program.

Awards may be used for any research-related expense, except that awards may not be used for faculty salaries, including summer salary.  Awards may be used for salaries for students or research assistants, or for equipment or travel.  There is no overhead charged to this award. Awards are for one year with expenditures expected during that period, although an extension can be applied for.  Award recipients are required to spend all funds before their tenure case is considered.  Faculty who are being considered for tenure in 2020-21 are not eligible to apply to this program.

Recipients agree to write a thank you letter to the Hellman Family and to attend a luncheon meeting (which may be scheduled every other year) and share their work with the Hellman Family Fund trustees.

For questions about the program or the application process, contact Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Jody Greene at