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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking institution. It is most widely known for its significant support of the Public Broadcasting System and for the MacArthur Fellowship Program, also known as the "genius awards". It was founded by John D. MacArthur.

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History

Dr. John Corbally was the first president of the foundation, serving from 1980 till 1989.

MacArthur Fellowship

Main category: MacArthur Fellows

The MacArthur Fellowship (sometimes nicknamed the "genius grant") is an award issued by the MacArthur Foundation each year, to typically 20 to 40 citizens or residents of the USA, of any age and working in any field, who "show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work".

The fellowship doesn't accept applications nor does it grant interviews. The foundation relies on over a hundred anonymous nominators, who submit their recommendations to a small selection committee of around a dozen people. The committee then reviews every applicant and passes along their recommendations to the President and the board of directors.

The entire process is kept anonymous and confidential. The first time a new MacArthur Fellow learns that they were even being considered is when they receive a phone call telling them the good news.

As of 2002, the monetary award consists of an unrestricted grant of $100,000 per year, issued quarterly for five years. The Foundation expects no updates or reports on how the money is spent; MacArthur Fellows are implicitly trusted.

Current recipients

List of MacArthur Fellows organized by terms of their awards.

October 2004 through September 2009

October 2003 through September 2008

September 2002 through August 2007

October 2001 through September 2006

July 2000 through June 2005

Past Recipients

1999

1998

1997

1996

1995

1994

1993

1992

1991

1990

1989

1988

1987

1986

1985

1984

1983

1982

1981

Miscellaneous

The grant was recently featured on an episode of the television show Family Guy; the main character, Peter Griffin, attempted to become a MacArthur Fellow but scored so low on the test that he was deemed mentally retarded.

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