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Read about all supported projects in our press release

What does a more just and equitable future look like, and how do we get there? Driven by our belief in the leading role of the humanities to address the most difficult challenges of our time, the Mellon Foundation has created Just Futures, grants awarded through a competitive process to multidisciplinary, university-based teams across the US who are committed to racial justice and social equality. 

Inaugurated in 2020, Just Futures invites scholars from a select group of colleges and universities to propose ambitious projects across the humanities  that would address racial inequality in bold and imaginative ways. 

In the initial call for responses, we received 165 proposals, from which a jury of distinguished scholars selected 16 winning teams. Funded by three-year grants of up to $5 million, the chosen projects are large-scale cooperative endeavors that will extend purposefully beyond academic departments to neighborhoods, cities, and entire geographic regions, transforming discourse into action with social, cultural, and economic impact. By producing new forms of knowledge, including curricula, public forums, museum exhibitions, publications, podcasts, and more, these visionary thinkers and changemakers will help us understand the past, make meaning of the present, and analyze the conditions required for socially just futures.