2020 Carnegie Corporation of New York Andrew Carnegie Fellows Solicitation

Program Summary 

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 Carnegie Corporation is seeking extraordinary senior or junior scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals pursuing research on some of the most pressing political, economic, technological, and sociological challenges, as well as cultural transitions.

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

For the 2020 program, there are four broad topic areas that include a wide range of suggested subtopics:

  • Global connections and global ruptures: Possible topic areas include, but are not confined to, international law; nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons; war and peace in the 21st century; threats to democratic institutions; nationalism; national sovereignty; migration and immigration; refugee crises; human rights; race; gender; religion; access to education; demographic changes; challenges to cultural legacies; national security and civil liberties; poverty; terrorism; and translation, transmission, and transformation of cultures.
  • Strengthening U.S. democracy and exploring new narratives: Possible topic areas include, but are not confined to, access to education, civic participation, the voting process, political polarization, the party system, migration and immigration, inequality, the widening poverty-wealth gap, religion, gender, race, individual rights and privacy, forms of cultural expression, incarceration, judicial and criminal justice reform, rule of law, and the public good.
  • Environments, natural and human: Possible topic areas include, but are not confined to, political and economic stability, global climate change, health, inequality, human rights, defining the Anthropocene, ethical implications of environmental issues, and literary and cultural expressions of environmental change.
  • Technological and cultural creativity – potential and perils: Possible topic areas include, but are not confined to, cybersecurity, big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, the impact of technology on privacy, civic participation, impact of traditional and social media, accountability of tech industry, challenges to and varieties of individual expression, the power of imagery, approaches to death and dying, cognitive science and human creativity, definitions of the human and the post-human, and ethical issues raised by medical and scientific research.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST October 15, 2019

Sponsor Application Deadline: 3:00pm MST November 14, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Prospectus (3-5 pages maximum): Prepared by the nominee, the prospectus should describes his/her project, including a projected work plan and approximate time frame.
  • Nominee’s CV
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/6425


The following are eligible for consideration for a fellowship: senior and junior scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent U.S. residency status.

A junior scholar is defined as someone who received his/her Ph.D. within the last ten years (2009-2019, for the 2020 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.

A senior scholar is more than ten years out from his/her PhD.

Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Fellowships may be used to support such expenses as salary, fringe benefits, project-related travel, research assistants, and translators.

Nominations must be approved by the president.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Each nominator may put forward a maximum of two scholars. Nominators from universities may nominate one junior and one senior scholar.

Award Information and Duration

Award Amount: $200,000

Award Duration: 12 months or 24 months (recipients can choose)

Number of Awards: 30-35