The purpose of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program is to support high-caliber scholarship in the social sciences and humanities, making it possible for the recipients to devote time to research and writing that addresses pressing issues and cultural transitions affecting us at home and abroad.

The 2017 program will provide fellowships of $200,000 to up to thirty-five exceptional scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals.

2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellows

Learn more about past recipients and their projects, or scroll down for information about eligibility for nomination to the fellows program.


The Andrew Carnegie fellowships are open only to citizens or permanent residents of the United States whose names have been forwarded by a nominator designated by Carnegie Corporation of New York. Nominators include university presidents, leaders of think tanks, and publishers. Unfortunately, individuals may not apply for the fellows program. 


Nominations will be evaluated by our jurors based on the following criteria: 

* Originality and promise of the idea 

* Quality of the proposal 

* Potential impact on the field 

* Record of the nominee 

* Plans to communicate findings to a broad audience


There are four broad topic areas that include a wide range of suggested subtopics:

  • Strengthening U.S. democracy and exploring new narratives
  • Technological and cultural creativity—potential and perils
  • Global connections and global ruptures
  • Environments, natural and human

Click below for a complete list of topics and suggested subtopics.


November 3, 2016Deadline for submission of materials by nominees
Nov. 4, 2016–April 15, 2017Nominations reviewed
Late April 2017Winners announced


How to Apply

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Please click below for the budget form and budget instructions:

Frequently Asked Questions

Once I am nominated, what materials should I send to Carnegie Corporation?

  • A letter of nomination that includes a brief description of your qualifications and potential and describes how your contributions will address current and future challenges to U.S. democracy or international order. Only an application with a letter of nomination from a designated nominator (those who received a letter from Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation, requesting nominations) will be considered.
  • A three- to five-page prospectus that describes your project, including a projected work plan and approximate time frame. NB: jurors will not read any prospectus beyond the five-page limit. However, a separate bibliography may be attached.
  • A one-page summary of the prospectus
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae
  • A one-page summary of the curriculum vitae
  • An estimate of budgetary requirements. Links to the budget form, including spreadsheet and summary page, and a primer on filling out the forms are provided above.
  • A short narrative biography: 250-400 words, for use in press dissemination and on our website
  • Links to any social media platforms or websites that showcase your work, including Twitter handles
  • Photo: A high-resolution portrait photo suitable for a publication or website (300 DPI, JPG or TIFF that has no copyright restrictions). This will be used in announcing the winners and as part of a feature on the web page of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program.

These materials are also listed in the online application that you will fill out.

What is the best way to send my materials to Carnegie Corporation?

Materials should be uploaded using our online application. If you're a first time user of Fluxx you can access the online application. If you already have a login for Carnegie Corporation's grants portal, Fluxx, please login here.

Am I eligible the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program?

To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent U.S. residency status and you must have been nominated by a designated group of individuals that includes university presidents, leaders of think tanks, and publishers.

How many scholars may each nominator put forward for consideration?

Each nominator may put forward a maximum of two scholars. Nominators from universities may nominate one junior and one senior scholar. Regardless of title, a junior scholar is defined as someone who received his/her Ph.D. within the last ten years, 2006-2016. Nominators outside academe—e.g., the head of a university press or a newspaper—may nominate up to two people.

How is a junior scholar defined?

A junior scholar is defined as someone who received his/her Ph.D. within the last ten years, 2006-2016. A junior scholar may hold any title, e.g. assistant professor or associate professor. The "junior" status is determined by the year in which his/her terminal degree was earned.

May nominators nominate individuals without a Ph.D.? Are nominees who hold degrees traditionally regarded as terminal in their fields (e.g., J.D., M.D., or M.F.A.) eligible?

We welcome candidates holding a terminal degree other than a Ph.D. In addition, we also welcome candidates with exceptional experience that qualifies them as a senior professional or intellectual, e.g., a top journalist, theater professional, or former diplomat.

May my university charge overhead or other administrative costs for the fellowship?

No. In the instructions sent to your nominator, it is stated explicitly that “NO indirect/overhead costs will be allowed or paid to the university; the successful nominee shall receive the entire fellowship for support of his/her research project.”

May we submit a nomination that involves researchers from multiple institutions or universities?

Yes; however, one nominee will need to be the lead applicant and receive and administer the fellowship. Other contributors may be brought in as partners or consultants.

When must the fellowship begin? Is it possible to defer the start for a year?

It is not possible to defer the start of the fellowship. It must begin no later than September 1, 2017.

What is the duration of a fellowship?

Recipients have the choice of a 12-month or 24-month fellowship that must begin on the first of the month between June and September of 2017. 

Is my fellowship subject to income taxes?

Yes, you will receive a 1099 form from Carnegie Corporation at the end of the tax year. 

Can Carnegie Corporation provide advice about my taxes?

No, Carnegie Corporation cannot provide tax advice. You will need to consult a financial adviser.

Will my university continue to provide benefits during the period of my fellowship?

In nominating a scholar for this fellowship, a university is indicating its continuing support for that scholar and the administration’s intention to provide in-kind support such as full retirement and health benefits when the scholar takes time off to work on his/her research and writing.

What is the required formatting for the nomination letter and prospectus?

There are no strict guidelines about formatting your prospectus; you may use single or double spacing and any reasonable font size. Use common sense and be mindful of the fact that the jury members will be reading dozens of applications, and a clean, easy-to-read format will be more hospitable.

How long should the nomination letter be?

There is no set limit; however, one to two pages is recommended.

Am I required to discontinue teaching for the duration of the fellowship?

You may choose to receive the award over a one- or two-year period. During the selected period, you may opt to go on sabbatical for the entirety or a portion of the fellowship. You may also choose to teach classes part time and/or to work on the project over the summer. On the application, please specify the time you will allot to working on the project. This will allow our jurors to determine whether it is feasible for you to accomplish your goals.  

When and how will nominees be informed of the results of the competition?

Winners will be notified by email shortly after the jury makes its final choices. If your nomination is unsuccessful, you will receive an email notification in mid to late April.

Does Carnegie Corporation provide feedback on nominations that are not selected?

Owing to the large number of nominees we receive, unfortunately, we are not able to respond to requests for feedback.