Each of the thirty-two scholars will receive a grant of up to $200,000 to help underwrite the research and writing costs of a project in the social sciences and humanities leading to the publication of a book or study. The "Brainy Award," as the program is known informally, is the most generous prize program of its kind and since 2015 has provided $32 million in grants to more than a hundred and sixty fellows.
Chosen from among two hundred and seventy-three applicants nominated for consideration, this year's winning scholars and independent researchers submitted proposals that address a range of issues, including how targeted ads interfere with elections; the vulnerabilities caused by human interaction with security and privacy tools; the application of Confucian ethics to the moral problems caused by robots; an examination of cultural identity and the natural world through the history of the bald eagle; the decline in social mobility; the impact of the excessive punishment of black women and girls on American democracy; the response of universities to sexual violence on campus; and the lasting environmental impact of the Vietnam War.
"For five years, it's been my honor to chair the insightful panel of jurors who review the outstanding proposals submitted by our forward-thinking nominees, and once again the candidates showed exceptional diversity of thought and academic rigor," said Susan Hockfield, chair of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program jury and president emerita of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "I think of the fellows as an investment in our future, and, speaking as a neuroscientist, they remind me that science and technology must be accompanied by a broader understanding of the human condition, history, economics, and the many fields of study that form the social sciences and humanities."
For a complete list of this year's Carnegie Fellows, see the Carnegie Corporation of New York website.