The University of New Mexico has received new five-year, $800,000 grant for its Andrew W. Mellon Foundation sponsored program in the humanistic social sciences. The objective of the grant is to increase the rate of completion and the number of new Ph.D.s within 10 programs and departments.

The grant will be used to fund 20 new one and two-year dissertation completion fellowships, as well as assist fellows in their professional development. "UNM was invited by the Mellon Foundation to submit a renewal proposal based on the success of its first award," said Department of Anthropology Chair Michael Graves, one of the principal investigators of the grant.

The 10 programs include (American Literary Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Communications and Journalism, History, Linguistics, Sociology, and Spanish Linguistics, whose research is focused on Latino, Hispanic and Native American issues. The individual departments, Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and Science, the Office of Graduate Students, the Graduate Research Center and the Office of Equity and Inclusion, will contribute an additional $400,000.

Principal Investigators for this program are Michael Graves (Anthropology), Adriana Ramirez de Arellano (Women’s Studies) and Beverly Singer (Anthropology). Distinguished Professor Miguel Gandert will continue on as the director of the UNM-Mellon Doctoral Fellowship Program.