Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program

Sponsor Name: 
Andrew Carnegie Foundation
Description of the Award: 

The purpose of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program aims to support the social sciences and humanities.

The Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program will award up to thirty-five major fellowships of $200,000 each, lasting one or two years, that will enable recipients to, among other things, travel, hire research assistants, and take sabbaticals from their institutions in order to focus on their research.

Penn State may nominate a maximum of two candidates, one junior and one senior scholar.

Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Topics for 2021:

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.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • A junior scholar is defined as a scholar who received his/her Ph.D. ten years ago or less—that is, between 2010 and 2020.
  • A senior scholar is a scholar more than ten years out from his/her Ph.D.
  • Proposals incorporate, among other elements, historical precedents, cultural underpinnings, and moral arguments.
  • All recipients must be U.S. citizens or have permanent U.S. residency status.

Nominations will be evaluated 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


  • 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.
  • The fellowship must begin no later than September 1, 2020.
  • NO indirect/overhead costs will be allowed or paid to the institution; the successful nominee shall receive the entire fellowship for support of his/her research project.
  • Winners may not accept other fellowships in addition to the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship for the same period of time.
Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Nov 17, 2020
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (Proposal name: Last name_CarnegieFellows2021 no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

  • Statement of Support from dean or department head using the provided template.
  • One to two page prospectus prepared by the nominee that describes their project, including a projected work plan and approximate time frame.
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • An estimate of budgetary requirements – see accompanying document and template.

Format Guidelines

  • Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
  • Document margins: 1.0” (top, bottom, left and right)
  • Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)

The Office of Foundation Relations at University Park is available to consult on proposal narrative elements and answer other foundation-related questions. Applicants should please contact Sophie Penney, Director, Foundation Relations ( for additional support.

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
OVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 4:00pm