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 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.
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. Individuals may not apply for the fellows program.
Nominations are evaluated by the jury 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
In 2017, there were four broad topic areas that included 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 subtopics.
|September 2017||Call for nominations|
|November 2017||Deadline for submission of materials by nominees|
|November 2017–April 2018||Nominations reviewed|
|April 2018||Winners announced|
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible for 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 PhD within the last ten years, 2007-2017. 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 PhD within the last ten years, 2007-2017. 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 PhD? Are nominees who hold degrees traditionally regarded as terminal in their fields (e.g., JD, MD, or MFA) eligible?
We welcome candidates holding a terminal degree other than a PhD. In addition, we also welcome candidates with exceptional experience that qualifies them as a senior professional or intellectual, e.g., a journalist, author, 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 the 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 taxes?
No, Carnegie Corporation cannot provide tax advice. The Fellow will need to consult a financial adviser.
Will the university continue to provide benefits during the period of the 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?
Prospectuses must be double spaced with a minimum 12-point type size. 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. A letter that goes beyond generalizations to describe the scholar's past work and the strength of his/her proposal is of the greatest value.
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.
Owing to the large number of nominees we receive, unfortunately, we are not able to respond to requests for feedback.