MacArthur Fellows Program

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For the award in the fields of ecology, see Robert H. MacArthur Award.

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. She debunked several myths about the Fellowship in The Washington Post.[7]

Recipients[edit]

1981[edit]

Robert Penn Warren

1982[edit]

William Gaddis

1983[edit]

John Sayles

1984[edit]

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

1985[edit]

Marian Wright Edelman

1986[edit]

Jack Horner

1987[edit]

Robert Sapolsky

1988[edit]

Max Roach

1989[edit]

Errol Morris

1990[edit]

Paul Ehrlich

1991[edit]

Taylor Branch

1992[edit]

Stephen Schneider

1993[edit]

Amory Lovins

1994[edit]

Ornette Coleman

1995[edit]

Octavia Butler

1996[edit]

Anna Deavere Smith

1997[edit]

David Foster Wallace

1998[edit]

Tim Berners-Lee

1999[edit]

Alison Des Forges

2000[edit]

Cecilia Muñoz

2001[edit]

Lene Hau

2002[edit]

Colson Whitehead

2003[edit]

Jim Yong Kim

2004[edit]

C. D. Wright

2005[edit]

Jonathan Lethem

2006[edit]

Regina Carter

2007[edit]

Shen Wei

2008[edit]

Regina Benjamin

2009[edit]

Esther Duflo

2010[edit]

David Cromer

2011[edit]

Shwetak Patel

2012[edit]

Junot Díaz

2013[edit]

Karen Russell

2014[edit]

Alison Bechdel

2015[edit]

Ta-Nehisi Coates

2016[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "About the MacArthur Fellows Program". 
  2. ^ "Review Affirms Impact and Inspiration of MacArthur Fellows Program – MacArthur Foundation". 
  3. ^ "About the MacArthur Fellows Program". MacArthur Foundation. 
  4. ^ Diane Coutu, "Picking Winners", Harvard Business Review, May, 2007
  5. ^ Harris, Dianne (2007-01-12). The Complete Guide to Writing Effective & Award-Winning Grants: Step-By-Step Instructions. Atlantic Publishing Company. pp. 85–. ISBN 9781601380463. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Jim Collins (September 19, 2005). "It Isn't Easy Being a Genius". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ "Five myths about the MacArthur 'genius grants'". Washington Post. Washington Post. 
  8. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the June-1981 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  9. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the December-1981 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  10. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the August-1982 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  11. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the August-1983 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  12. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the February-1983 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  13. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the March-1984 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  14. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the November-1984 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  15. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 1985 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  16. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 1986 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  17. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 1987 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  18. ^ "Williams, Eddie N. 1932–". encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  19. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 1988 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  20. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 1989 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  21. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 1990 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  22. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 1991 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  23. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 1992 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  24. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 1993 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  25. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 1994 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  26. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 1995 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  27. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 1996 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  28. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 1997 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  29. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 1998 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  30. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 1999 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  31. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 2000 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  32. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 2001 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  33. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 2002 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  34. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 2003 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  35. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 2004 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  36. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 2005 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  37. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 2006 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  38. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 2007 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  39. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 2008 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  40. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 2009 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  41. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 2010 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  42. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 2011 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  43. ^ The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "Meet the 2012 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  44. ^ "Meet the 2013 MacArthur Fellows". MacArthur Foundation. 
  45. ^ "Meet the 2014 MacArthur Fellows". MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
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  50. ^ "Meet the 2015 MacArthur Fellows". The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  51. ^ Meet the 2016 MacArthur Fellows

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