Andrew Carnegie Fellows 2021


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 2021 program will provide fellowships of $200,000 to up to thirty exceptional scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals.

Instructions for Nominators


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 heads of independent research institutes and societies, university presidents, leaders of some of the nation’s preeminent think tanks, directors of major university presses, as well as editors of leading newspapers and magazines. Individuals may not apply for the fellows program.


Budget Template Instructions
Budget Template 


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


2021 List of Jurors

ANNOUNCEMENT: DeGioia Named New Chair of Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Jury

Carnegie Corporation of New York and the fourteen members of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Jury are pleased to announce that John DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, has accepted the position as chair of the jury. An outstanding academic leader, DeGioia has served as a member of the jury since the program’s inception in 2014. He replaces Susan Hockfield, president emerita of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who is retiring as chair after serving for the past six years. During her tenure, Hockfield oversaw awards for 190 preeminent scholars and helped establish the program as a leading funder for scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences. We thank her for her exemplary dedication, expertise, collegiality, and leadership.


For the 2021 program, there are four broad topic areas that include a wide range of suggested subtopics:

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

Andrew Carnegie Fellows Topics

Timeline for 2021 Fellows Program

October 7, 2020Call for nominations
November 17, 2020Deadline for submission of materials by nominees no later than 5:00 pm EST
November 2020–April 2021Nominations reviewed
April 2021Winners 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 one of 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 (2010-2020, for the 2021 fellowship program). 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 (2010-2020, for the 2021 fellowship program). 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 journalist, author, theater professional, or current or former diplomat.

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

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, 2021.

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 July and September of 2021. 

Is the fellowship subject to income taxes?

Yes. The fellow may choose to receive the fellowship in one of two ways:

  • As an individual—if you choose to receive the fellowship as an individual, you will receive a 1099 form from Carnegie Corporation at the end of the tax year. 
  • Through his/her institution—if you choose to have your institution receive the fellowship funds as a “payor,” your institution will assume all tax reporting responsibilities.

Can Carnegie Corporation provide advice about taxes?

No, Carnegie Corporation cannot provide tax advice. The fellow will need to consult a financial adviser. Fellow may allocate a portion of the fellowship to cover the cost of tax consultation.

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 prospectus?

Prospectuses must be double spaced, with a minimum 12-point font size. The jury members will be reading dozens of applications, and a clean, easy-to-read format will be more hospitable.

How should I format my one-page CV?

Your one-page CV should be in bulleted list form, just like your longer full CV. Please do not submit as a narrative. See example.

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 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.

If I am selected, will I be able to revise my budget?

Yes, the purpose of the budget is to give the jurors an understanding of how you would use the fellowship funds. However, we understand that between the application deadline and the announcement of the winners, circumstances may change. Therefore, you will have an opportunity to make necessary revisions to the budget if you are declared a fellowship recipient. 

If I have been nominated for the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program in the past, may I be nominated again?

Yes, you may be nominated for the Fellows Program multiple times. However, we strongly recommend that applicants make substantive changes to their applications, as proposals identical to those that were not selected in the past are less likely to be successful.