In 1995, Ehud Isacoff was in the first cohort of Hellman Fellows, established by the late F. Warren and Patricia (Chris) Hellman to support early-career faculty at UC Berkeley. Since that time, Hellman Fellowships have been awarded to 384 young faculty members from multiple disciplines. Isacoff went on to have a distinguished research career, and is now the Director of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and the Berkeley Brain Initiative.
UC Berkeley has now received a record $20 million matching gift from the Hellman Fellows Fund to create The Society of Hellman Fellows, which will double the number of faculty that can be supported each year. The fellowship provides a critical bridge of financial support to new faculty once their start-up funds are used up, while they try to secure longer-term funding.
Read the article to learn more about this generous gift, and how Isacoff feels the Hellman Fellowship helped launch his career.
- Read the article “Record $20 million matching gift will fund early-career faculty fellowships in perpetuity” from Berkeley News
- Isacoff Lab