Carnegie Corporation of New York: Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program

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

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, and
  • Plans to communicate findings to a broad audience.


Last year, 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, and
  • Environments, natural and human.

All recipients must be U.S. citizens or have permanent U.S. residency status. Nominees should bear in mind that individual fellowships will not be awarded to support dissertations, debt repayments, lobbying efforts, the purchase of equipment, or rent. Fellowships may be used to support such expenses as salary, fringe benefits, project-related travel, research assistants, and translators.

Topics/Subtopics: (NOTE: these could change for this funding cycle, but they have been consistent for the past two years)

Number of Applications
Amount of Funding



Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.

Nominators from universities may nominate one junior and one senior scholar. Regardless of academic title, a junior scholar is defined as someone who received his/her PhD within the last ten years, 2009-2019, for the 2019 fellowship program. Senior scholars received their PhD more than ten years ago.

Submission Process

Step 1

For consideration as a finalist, investigators must submit the following proposal materials as a single PDF email attachment to Stephanie Endy at no later than 5:00pm on September 30, 2018:

  1. one-page, 12-point font, one-inch margin cover letter, including PI name and junior (<10 years since PhD) or senior (>10 years since PhD) faculty status, department/division, school/college, project title and brief summary of the project, and
  2. A federal-grant-style biosketch (typically NIH or NSF).
Step 2

Final nominees will be notified of their selection by October 17, 2018.

Step 3

Final proposal must be received by the Office of Research Administration by November 9, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.

Step 4

Final proposal must be received by the sponsor by November 16, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
09/30/2018 10/17/2018 11/09/2018 11/16/2018 CLOSED