Mellon Research Initiatives

A Mellon Research Initiative is an intense and focused exploration of a particular interdisciplinary topic of great importance to UC Davis, the region, and the world. Each initiative receives generous funding to support three years of programming, a two-year Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor, and graduate recruitment and research.

In 2019-2020, two Mellon Research Initiatives will run concurrently: Racial Capitalism and Feminist & Arts Science Shop. In 2010, the UC Davis Humanities Institute received the first of two awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support interdisciplinary research in emerging areas across the humanities, arts, and social sciences. To date, the DHI has selected eight interdisciplinary Mellon Research Initiatives, four in the initial 2010 Mellon award and four under the 2014 renewal. Each Mellon Research Initiative receives a generous multi-year funding package that supports a two-year postdoctoral fellow, three years of event programming, and recruitment and research awards for graduate students. Find out more about the MRIs, both present and past, by following the links below.




Past Groups

Early Modern Studies
Environments & Societies
Social Justice Initiative
Digital Cultures
Comparative Border Studies
Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds