University Of Alaska Fairbanks.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks chose two Alaska Native doctoral
students as its first Mellon Dissertation Fellows. Theresa John and
Jordan Lewis are each eligible to receive a $30,000 stipend, and
research and travel funds in addition to tuition and fees. John is an
assistant professor in the Department of Alaska Native and Rural
Development. Lewis is in his fourth year of doctoral work studying
gerontology and circumpolar health issues in rural Alaska. In 2008, the
Mellon Dissertation Fellowship program was established after the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation pledged $700,000 to UAF over the next five years to
provide financial support to students in the dissertation-writing phase
of their doctoral programs. The fellowship program aims to increase the
number of Native students earning doctoral degrees and, as a result, the
number of Native faculty members.