MacArthur Fellows Program

The MacArthur Fellows Program celebrates and inspires the creative potential of individuals through no-strings-attached fellowships. Learn more

Khaled Mattawa, Translator and Poet

Class of 2014

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21 Extraordinarily Creative People Who Inspire Us All: Meet the 2014 MacArthur Fellows

“Those who think creativity is dying should examine the life’s work of these extraordinary innovators who work in diverse fields and in different ways to improve our lives...” Cecilia Conrad, Vice President, MacArthur Fellows Program. Read More

Mobility Among Highly Creative People: What Data About MacArthur Fellows Reveal

Data compiled for the first time show that creativity blossoms everywhere; MacArthur Fellows were born in 64 countries, 47 states, and Washington, DC, and they are far more mobile than the general population. Read More

Fellows In the Media

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"Giant Squid Video Resulted From Biologist's Invented Lure" thumbnail

"Giant Squid Video Resulted From Biologist's Invented Lure"

From Los Angeles Times
Edith Widder, MacArthur Fellow, 2006
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"Caregifted: Free Vacations For Exhausted Caregivers"

From MYNorthwest.com
Heather McHugh, MacArthur Fellow, 2009
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"Death of a Prisoner"

From The New York Times
Laura Poitras, MacArthur Fellow, 2012
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"Cellist Found Her Own Path to Performing Concerto"

From The Philadelphia Inquirer
Alisa Weilerstein, MacAthur Fellow, 2011
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"Miguel Zenón and Dafnis Prieto At Newport"

From NPR Music
MacArthur Fellows: Dafnis Prieto (2011), Miguel Zenón (2008)
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"'Genius Grant' Recipient Studying Gulf Dead Zones Traces Career Path From Coastal Bend"

From caller.com
Nancy Rabalais, MacArthur Fellow, 2012
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"Prodigy Cellist Arrives in O.C. on Success Wave"

From the Orange County Register
Elisa Weilerstein, MacArthur Fellow, 2011
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"Why Mass Incarceration Defines Us As a Society"

Smithsonian Magazine
Bryan Stevenson , 1995 MacArthur Fellow
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"Always a Pioneer, Artist Xu Bing Now Takes the Novel Beyond the Written Word"

From Asia Society
Xu Bing, MacArthur Fellow, 1999
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Review Affirms Impact and Inspiration of MacArthur Fellows Program

“We are proud of the Fellows Program and its impact on the lives of not just those selected but people all over the world." Cecilia Conrad, Vice President, MacArthur Fellows program. Read More
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"Five Myths About the MacArthur ‘Genius Grants’"

Commentary by Cecilia Conrad originally published in the Washington Post Read More

Staff

Portrait of Cecilia A. Conrad

Cecilia A. Conrad

Vice President, MacArthur Fellows Program

Melissa Flagg

Senior Program Officer

Marlies A. Carruth

Senior Program Officer

Christina Lovely

Program Officer

Don Meyer

Program Officer

Krista L. Pospisil

Program Officer

Laura E. Scholl

Program Officer

Maureen P. Atwell

Program Administrator

Eloise E. Daniels

Department Assistant

Diane Estes

Department Assistant

Jennifer Hazen

Program Assistant