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Funding Opportunity for Faculty: Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program

From the Office of Research Development:

Limited Submissions Internal Call for Nominations
Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program

Internal Deadline: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

For Nominations

Because of the tight turnaround we are asking that nomination materials be ready to submit to Carnegie Corporation. Materials used for the internal competition will be used for the University nominees for their nomination to Carnegie, as there will be no time for further revisions.

Submit the following to Denise Lindley in ONE document (Word or PDF), Office of Research Development, by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, 2017:

  • Letter of nomination from the department chair, school dean (if there are no departments within school), or center/institute director for the candidate. The letter should include a brief description of the candidate’s qualifications and potential and describe how his or her contributions will address pressing issues and cultural shifts affecting us at home and abroad.
  • A three- to five-page prospectus describing the candidate’s project, including a projected work plan and approximate time frame (double-spaced, minimum 12-point font). NB: jurors will not read any prospectus beyond the five-page limit; however, a separate bibliography is allowable.
  • A one-page summary of the prospectus.
  • A copy of the candidate’s curriculum vitae.
  • A one-page summary of the curriculum vitae.
  • An estimate of budgetary requirements. Please keep in mind that the Corporation does not fund overhead, fringe benefits, 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.
  • A short narrative biography (250-400 words). Biographies are for press dissemination and on Carnegie’s website.
  • A high-resolution portrait photo suitable for a publication or website (minimum 300 DPI, JPG, or TIFF, with no copyright restrictions). Photographs are used to announce winners and are featured on the Carnegie Fellows Program webpage.

Award Information

Number of applications per institution: 2 (one junior scholar and one senior scholar)

Funding and Award Period: Fellowships of $200,000, lasting one to two years, will be awarded to up to 35 recipients. Fellowships must begin no later than September 1, 2018. Funds will enable recipients to travel, hire research assistants, and take sabbaticals for their research. Recipients may choose to receive the fellowship as an individual or through their institution. No indirect/overhead costs are allowed to the university; the successful nominee shall receive the entire fellowship for support of their project.

Previous UNC-CH Recipients: Patricia L. Sullivan (Public Policy, 2015); Zeynep Tufekci (School of Information and Library Science, 2015). To learn more about past fellows, visit

Program Overview

The purpose of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program is to provide fellowships to talented individuals whose vibrant, creative research addresses pressing issues and cultural transitions affecting us at home and abroad. The Carnegie Corporation of New York seeks recommendations of extraordinary senior or junior scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals pursuing research on some of the most pressing political, economic, technological, and sociological challenges, as well as cultural transitions, facing us at home and abroad—challenges that compel attention and require thorough analysis. Because the fellowship program aims to support the social sciences and humanities, the Carnegie Corporation encourages nominations of scholars whose proposals incorporate, among other elements, historical precedents, cultural underpinnings, and moral arguments.

The inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows, announced in April 2015, comprised 32 scholars. The third and most recent class, announced in April 2017, included 35 scholars from public and private colleges and universities across the country. Their diverse areas of research included inequity in U.S. education, radicalization via social media, voting and election processes in the United States, misinformation that exacerbates the European refugee crisis, the global increase in violence against women in politics, and explorations of W.E.B. Du Bois’s democratic vision and Edmund Burke’s political theories.

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.

Areas of Interest

For the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program, there are four broad topic areas that include a wide range of suggested subtopics:

  • Strengthening U.S. democracy and exploring new narratives
  • Technological and cultural creativity—potential and perils
  • Global connections and global ruptures
  • Environments, natural and human

For additional information about the topic areas, visit

Eligibility Criteria

UNC-CH can nominate two candidates—one junior scholar and one senior scholar—for the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program. Eligibility is defined by time since earning the Ph.D., not by title/rank:

  • A junior scholar received their Ph.D. within the last 10 years (between 2007 and 2017)
  • A senior scholar is more than 10 years out from their Ph.D.

The Carnegie Corporation welcomes candidates who hold a terminal degree other than a Ph.D. (e.g., a J.D., M.D., M.F.A.), and welcomes candidates with exceptional experience that qualifies them as a senior professional or intellectual (e.g., a journalist, author, theater professional, current or former diplomat).

Nominees must be U.S. citizens or have permanent U.S. residency status, and must be nominated by one of a designated group of individuals that includes university presidents, leaders of think tanks, and publishers.

Selection Criteria and Process

Nominations are 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

The selection process consists of two stages. First, anonymous, nationally prominent experts in various fields will conduct a preliminary evaluation of nominees’ proposals. Top proposals will be forwarded to the jury for their scrutiny and ultimate decision. To see the list of jurors, please visit

For more information about the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program, please visit

Other Information

Receiving as individual or /Routing through the University
The Carnegie Corporation is now allowing applicants to choose to either a) receive awards as an individual as in previous years (with awardees responsible for any tax burden) or, b) to have their institutions accept the awards on their behalf to then be administered by UNC if you choose to have your institution receive the fellowship funds as a “payor,” your institution will assume all tax reporting responsibilities. Whether the fellowship recipient receives the award directly or through his/her institution, NO indirect/overhead costs will be allowed or paid to the institution. If you choose option b, you must have a completely routed RAMSeS record prior to submission to the Carnegie Corporation. OSR expects application materials 5 business days in advance to agency deadlines.

For more information:
Please do not hesitate to contact Denise Lindley, Limited Submissions Coordinator, with questions at or 962-7503.

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