(CLOSED) 2024 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. For at least the next three years, the program will ask scholars to help Americans understand how and why our society has become so polarized and what we can do to strengthen the forces of cohesion in American society.

Fellowships of $200,000 are awarded annually to 30 exceptional scholars, authors, journalists, and public intellectuals. The criteria prioritize the originality and promise of the research, its potential impact on the field, and the scholar’s plans for communicating the findings to a broad audience. The funding is for a period of one or two years with the anticipated result of a book or major study.

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

Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Topic for 2024:

  • Political Polarization
    • The Corporation anticipates that the work of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program will explore the ways political polarization in the United States manifests itself in society and provide possible solutions to the problem. Studies of polarization in other countries will be considered providing they offer lessons that can be applied to the United States.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • A junior scholar is defined as a scholar who received his/her Ph.D. or terminal degree ten years ago or less—that is, between 2013 and 2023.
  • 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 on the first of the month between June and September of 2024. It is not possible to defer the start of the fellowship. It must begin no later than September 1, 2024.
  • No indirect/overhead costs will be allowed or paid to the university. Fellows shall receive the entire grant for support of the research project.
  • You may choose to receive the award over a one- or two-year period. During the selected period, you may opt to go on sabbatical for the entire fellowship or a portion of it. You may also choose to teach classes part-time and/or to work on the project over the summer.
  • 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 15, 2023
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_CarnegieFellows2024.pdf) 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
  • Summary estimate of budgetary requirements – see accompanying document and template. (PDF print of the Budget Summary Tab)

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)
To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OSVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - 4:00pm
For help or questions: 

The Office of Foundation Relations at University Park is available to consult on proposal narrative elements and answer other foundation-related questions. Senior faculty applicants should please contact Sophie Penney Leach, Director, Foundation Relations (swp2@psu.edu) for additional support.Junior Faculty applicants should please contact Kate Totino, Associate Director, Foundation Relations (kxf188@psu.edu) for additional support.

Senior Scholar: Shyam Sundar (Comm)