The Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced the 2021 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows.
Launched in 2015, the Fellows Program was conceived by Vartan Gregorian, who served as president of the foundation from 1997 until his death earlier this month. Each of the twenty-six scholars will receive a grant of $200,000 over two years to help underwrite research that addresses an enduring social issue and leads to the publication of a book or major study.
Selected from a pool of more than three hundred nominees, this year's cohort includes eighteen women and eight men, including one transgender person, fourteen of whom are associated with a public institution of higher education and twelve with a private college or university. Research topics to be explored include the development of tools to analyze data for racial bias in policing; the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable families and women in the workforce; the impact of immigration detention policies on migrants; and the history of agricultural property law and how that history can be used to develop a more inclusive and sustainable land ownership system.
"The members of the jury will miss Vartan Gregorian — his wisdom, his devotion, and his leadership. He took immense pride in the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program and was deeply involved in every aspect of the process, personally reviewing each nomination that was submitted," said John J. DeGioia, chair of the program jury and president of Georgetown University. "Vartan and I agreed that the caliber of the proposals presented by this year's fellows was exceptional, showing great potential in helping to solve the social, political, and economic challenges facing our world today. These projects fulfill Vartan's vision of universities, academies, and academic associations playing an essential role in producing critical information and advancing knowledge through scholarship. We are grateful for Vartan's foresight and are proud to continue his legacy as we congratulate our newest class of fellows."
For a complete list of this year's Andrew Carnegie Fellows, see the Carnegie Corporation of New York website.