MacArthur Fellows Program

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The MacArthur Fellows Program, MacArthur Fellowship, or "Genius Grant", is a prize awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation typically to between 20 and 30 individuals, working in any field, who have shown "extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction" and are citizens or residents of the United States.[1]

According to the Foundation's website, "the fellowship is not a reward for past accomplishment, but rather an investment in a person's originality, insight, and potential". The current prize is $625,000 paid over five years in quarterly installments. This figure was increased from $500,000 in 2013 with the release of a review[2] of the MacArthur Fellows Program. Since 1981, 942 people have been named MacArthur Fellows,[3] ranging in age from 18 to 82.[4] The award has been called "one of the most significant awards that is truly 'no strings attached'".[5]

The Program allows no applications. Anonymous and confidential nominations are invited by the Foundation and reviewed by an anonymous and confidential selection committee of about a dozen people. The committee reviews all nominees and recommends recipients to the President and board of directors. Most new Fellows first learn of their nomination upon receiving a congratulatory phone call. MacArthur Fellow Jim Collins described this experience in an editorial column of The New York Times.[6]

Cecilia Conrad is the Managing Director leading the MacArthur Fellows Program.[7]

Recipients

1981

Robert Penn Warren

1982

1983

John Sayles

1984

1985

Marian Wright Edelman

1986

Jack Horner

1987

Robert Sapolsky

1988

Max Roach

1989

Errol Morris

1990

Paul Ehrlich

1991

Taylor Branch

1992

Stephen Schneider

1993

Amory Lovins

1994

Ornette Coleman

1995

Octavia Butler

1996

Anna Deavere Smith

1997

David Foster Wallace

1998

Tim Berners-Lee

1999

Alison Des Forges

2000

Cecilia Muñoz

2001

Lene Hau

2002

Colson Whitehead

2003

Jim Yong Kim

2004

C. D. Wright

2005

Jonathan Lethem

2006

Regina Carter

2007

Shen Wei

2008

Regina Benjamin

2009

Esther Duflo

2010

David Cromer

2011

Shwetak Patel

2012

Junot Díaz

2013

Karen Russell
Tarell McCraney

2014

Alison Bechdel

2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates

2016

2017

See also

References

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External links

  • MacArthur Fellows Program website
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