Recipients of MacArthur genius grants announced

CHICAGO, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The MacArthur Fellows Program named the 2013 grant recipients from around the United States Wednesday in fields ranging from dance to law.

22 awarded MacArthur 'genius' grants

CHICAGO, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The 22 MacArthur Fellows selected for 2011 include a doctor studying football brain damage and a U.S. historian studying the black-Cherokee relationship.

MacArthur Foundation names 23 fellows

CHICAGO, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Scientists, educators and members of the arts community are among the 23 MacArthur Fellows named Tuesday by the foundation based in Chicago.

Class of 2008 MacArthur Fellows named

CHICAGO, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- More than two dozen artists, activists, scientists and inventors were named recipients of the annual MacArthur Foundation awards in Chicago Tuesday.

24 new MacArthur Fellows announced

CHICAGO, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A spider silk biologist, an inventor and a master vocalist are among 24 people selected to receive $500,000 as MacArthur Fellows, the Chicago foundation said.

$500,000 MacArthur grants announced

CHICAGO, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A total of 25 individuals, including a Pennsylvania country doctor and a Florida deep-sea explorer, have been awarded $500,000 MacArthur Fellowships.

Fisherman among MacArthur fellows

CHICAGO, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A Maine fisherman who came up with changes to protect the fishery ecosystem is among 25 people named 2005 MacArthur Fellows.

23 new MacArthur Fellows named

CHICAGO, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Tuesday announced 23 new MacArthur fellows, each of which will receive $500,000 in "no strings" support.

24 MacArthur 'genius grants' announced

CHICAGO, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Wednesday awarded $500,000 "genius grants" to 24 new fellows, bringing to 635 the number of stipend winners since 1981.

The MacArthur Fellows Program or MacArthur Fellowship (nicknamed the Genius Award) is an award given by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation each year to typically 20 to 40 United States citizens or residents, of any age and working in any field, who "show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work."

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 amount of the award is $500,000, paid as quarterly installments over five years. As of 2007, there have been 756 recipients who have received a total of more than $350 million. Recipients have been as young as 18 and as old as 82.

The Fellowship has no application. People are nominated anonymously by a body of nominators who submit recommendations to a small selection committee of about a dozen people, also anonymous. The committee then reviews every nominee and passes along their recommendations to the President and the board of directors. Most new MacArthur Fellows first learn that they have even been considered when they receive the congratulatory phone call. An editorial published in The New York Times by MacArthur Fellow James Collins describes the experience.

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