Mellon Degree Programs
OverviewIn 2015, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded UC Irvine’s School of Humanities a $2.7 million grant to pilot a major initiative to transform graduate education by streamlining the process for obtaining the Ph.D. degree and launching humanities scholars into professional careers. Commonly referred to as the “5+2” program, this model for graduate education allows students to complete the dissertation in five years, followed by up to two-years as a Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellow (MHFF).
To facilitate a five-year dissertation, participating 5+2 programs have adjusted course work and examination requirements—and, in some cases, alternative lengths and forms to the dissertation itself—all with full respect to the practices and standards of their disciplines. In addition, 5+2 students benefit from increased financial support to facilitate research and writing, close faculty mentorship, professionalization workshops offered through Humanities Commons, and paid participation in the Mellon Summer Teaching Institute. Students who successfully complete their doctoral programs within five years of matriculation are eligible to apply for a one-year appointment as a Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellow (MHFF), which is renewable for an additional year.
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"5+2" Financial SupportAt UC Irvine, we feel an ethical imperative to provide financial support for the entire duration of a student’s graduate studies whenever possible. Although all Humanities Ph.D. students are admitted with a five-year funding package, 5+2 students are admitted with additional funding to allow for more time to pursue research and writing during their accelerated doctoral programs. All 5+2 admission funding packages include a:
All students who complete their Ph.D. degrees by the spring quarter of their fifth year and have demonstrated a record of strong scholarship and teaching become eligible for a one-year appointment as a Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellow (MHFF), renewable for one year. As a MHFF, teaching responsibilities include a four-course load, primarily in the interdisciplinary, writing intensive Humanities Core, with the possibility of teaching one course in the home department of their graduate program. Equally important, the four-course load affords time to pursue personal scholarship and prepare the completed dissertation for publication. The School of Humanities also provides additional professionalization support during this time of appointment, including a $1,000 fund to support research-related activities, assistance in publication and job application, guidance in pedagogy, an introduction to the digital humanities, and exploration of alternative academic (alt-ac) careers (if applicable). For more information about MHFF, click here. For more information regarding the Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellow, click here.
Humanities Faculty Fellow (MHFF)
Frequently Asked Questions
• Will I be able to successfully complete a dissertation in five years?
• Can I still teach Summer Session if I’m part of the 5+2 program?
• Am I required to teach Humanities Core while a graduate student?
• If I take a Leave of Absence (LOA) during my doctoral studies, is that leave still counted toward my five years of graduate study?
• Am I disqualified from UCI if I do not complete my dissertation in five years?
• I have additional questions not addressed here. Whom should I contact?