Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Spring 2005 Newsletter

Mellon Foundation Endows Ransom Center Fellowship Program

Support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 1992 established the Ransom Center's fellowship program as one of the important library fellowship programs in the country. Indeed, in the years since its inception, this program has supported the work of over 350 scholars. Since 1996, over 80 books and countless scholarly essays have been published as a result of these fellowships.

To ensure the permanence of this program, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a $750,000 challenge grant to the Ransom Center to endow its post-doctoral fellowship program and ensure its continuation in perpetuity. When the funds are raised to match this award, the Ransom Center will have an endowed fellowship program of $1.5 million.

Once established, this new endowed fund will be one of the largest of its kind and will allow the Ransom Center to award eighteen additional fellowships each year. Simply put, once this endowed fund is established, the Ransom Center will have the resources to increase fellowships awarded from an annual average of 40 to 58, an increase of 45 percent.  

-Tom Galyean

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