Carnegie Scholars Program

Please note: This program area has concluded its grantmaking.

The Carnegie Scholars Program was established in 1999 to support innovative and pathbreaking public scholarship that would extend the boundaries of the Corporation’s grantmaking. From 2005–2009, the Program focused exclusively on Islam and the Modern World. The Scholars Program, which was divided into two phases during its first 10 years, spurred innovation in research and thought, and provided critical support to public scholarship, bringing the highest quality of academic research into the public and policy realms. Read a list of the 168 scholars who received grants through program.

Scholars of Vision, 2000–2004

During its first five years, the Program supported “Scholars of Vision,” whose work addressed the entire scope of the Corporation’s grant programs at the time including: Education, International Development, Strengthening U.S. Democracy, and International Peace and Security.

Over these five years, 67 Carnegie Scholars drawn from public universities, liberal arts colleges, traditional research universities and also, independent researchers were selected to pursue a broad variety of subjects, including 16 Scholars whose work foreshadowed the subsequent focus on Islam.

Scholars of Islam and the Modern World, 2005–2009

The second phase of the Program was established with the goal of supporting individual scholars whose research extends the boundaries of knowledge about Islam and Muslim communities. The aim was to build a critical mass of thoughtful and original scholarship to add to our knowledge regarding Islam as a religion as well as the cultures and civilizations of Muslim societies and communities, both in the United States and abroad.

A total of 101 Scholars were funded to deepen, broaden and bring to light new knowledge about Islam and Muslim societies. These men and women were also selected for their commitment to enriching the quality of the public dialogue on Islam.