The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
INTERNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION AND STRATEGIC PROJECTS

In South Africa, Discovering the World’s Oldest Drawing

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HIGHER EDUCATION AND SCHOLARSHIP IN THE HUMANITIES

Driven by Data: The Center for Policing Equity

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The Citizenship Project: Discovering American History through Art

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PRESIDENTIAL INITIATIVES

Mellon Foundation Grants $2.2 Million to Academy of American Poets

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HIGHER EDUCATION AND SCHOLARSHIP IN THE HUMANITIES

Why Study Philosophy?

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ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE

From Survival to Sustainability: The Comprehensive Organizational Health Initiative

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Scholarly Communications

Capturing History, 280 Characters at a Time

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Mission

The Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies.

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Our Core Programs

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Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities

Through its program, the Foundation assists colleges, universities, and other institutions in training scholars; improving the educational attainment of historically underrepresented groups; diversifying the next generation of college and university faculty; and producing scholarship in the humanities that contributes to culture and society.

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Arts and Cultural Heritage

The Arts and Cultural Heritage program seeks to nurture exceptional creative accomplishment, scholarship, and conservation practices in the arts, while promoting a diverse and sustainable ecosystem for these disciplines.

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Scholarly Communications

The Scholarly Communications program assists research libraries, archives, museums, universities, presses, and arts organizations that seek to further our collective understanding of societies and cultures around the world.

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International Higher Education and Strategic Projects

The Foundation seeks to strengthen the systems of higher education and cultural institutions essential to building and sustaining viable polities and societies in emerging as well as more established regions of the globe.

49 years, 68 countries, 15,000+ grants

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