Andrew Carnegie Fellows


Congratulations to the Andrew Carnegie Fellows class of 2019!

Each year the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program awards grants to a select group of extraordinary scholars and writers whose groundbreaking work decodes some of the world’s most intractable problems. The stipends — often referred to as the “Brainy Awards” — support individual research, writing, and scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, work that can be applied to solutions that benefit us all.

Since the program’s inception in 2015, fellows have produced a wide range of important titles addressing urgent social issues, including bestsellers like Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny and Masha Gessen’s National Book Award–winning The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, among others. The Andrew Carnegie Fellows program proudly builds on Carnegie Corporation of New York’s long track record of support for serious scholarship of the highest caliber.


Warning Americans About Creeping Autocracy

Masha Gessen describes her National Book Award–winning book as a “long nonfiction novel about trauma”

Rural America Is Not a Monolith

A demographer was looking at the complex and varied nature of rural populations long before the 2016 election

He's Given Us the Roadmap to Avoid Disaster

A Nobel Prize–winning economist’s theories, if adopted, could slow the carbon emissions that are accelerating climate change

Uncovering the Tragic History of “Racial Homicide” in America

Carnegie fellow uses storytelling to help bring dignity and a measure of justice to the victims and their families

Meet the “Tree Guy”

Geohumanist Jared Farmer thinks ancient trees have figured out what it takes to survive

Explore Our Fellows Through the Years

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2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellows

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2015 Andrew Carnegie Fellows

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