The Fulbright Program and MacArthur Fellowships

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awards MacArthur Fellowships, popularly known as “genius grants,” which are regarded as one of the nation’s most prestigious awards for intellectual and artistic achievement.  In 1981, the MacArthur Fellows Program was created with the intent to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional paths through unrestricted fellowships.  As with the Fulbright Program, MacArthur Fellows are selected for both their demonstrated achievements and for their potential for future impact on their fields and communities. 

78 Fulbright Alumni have been awarded MacArthur Fellowships

The Fulbright Program salutes its alumni – the artists, scientists, writers, teachers, journalists, and others – who have been awarded MacArthur Fellowships, as they continue to further Fulbright’s mission by inspiring creativity, advancing knowledge across communities, and making a positive impact on their communities and the world. 

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Martha Gonzalez

Musician, Scholar, and Artist/Activist

2007 Fulbright U.S. Student to Mexico

2022 MacArthur Fellow

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Branden Jacob-Jenkins

Playwright

2009 Fulbright U.S. Student to Germany

2016 MacArthur Fellow

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Monica Kim

Historian

2007 Fulbright U.S. Student to South Korea

2022 MacArthur Fellow

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Daniel Alarcón

Writer and Radio Producer

2010 Fulbright U.S. Student to Peru

2021 MacArthur Fellow

Fulbrighters Who Are MacArthur Fellows

Martha Gonzalez

Musician, Scholar, and Artist/Activist
Fulbright U.S. Student to Mexico, 2007
2022 MacArthur Fellow

Monica Kim

Historian
Fulbright U.S. Student to South Korea, 2007
2022 MacArthur Fellow

Daniel Alarcón

Writer and Radio Producer
Fulbright U.S. Student to Peru, 2010
2021 MacArthur Fellow

Andrea Dutton

Geochemist and Paleoclimatologist
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to New Zealand, 2020
2019 MacArthur Fellow

Saidiya Hartman

Literary Scholar and Cultural Historian
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Ghana, 1997
2019 MacArthur Fellow

Stacy Jupiter

Marine Scientist
Fulbright U.S. Student to Australia, 2002
2019 MacArthur Fellow

Becca Heller

Human Rights Lawyer
Fulbright U.S. Student to Malawi, 2005
2018 MacArthur Fellow

Derek Peterson

Historian
Fulbright U.S. Student to Kenya, 1993
2017 MacArthur Fellow

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Playwright
Fulbright U.S. Student to Germany, 2009
2016 MacArthur Fellow

Benjamin Lerner

Writer
Fulbright U.S. Student to Spain, 2003
2015 MacArthur Fellow

Pamela Long

Historian of Science and Technology
Fulbright U.S. Student to Italy, 1979
2014 MacArthur Fellow

Michal Lipson

Optical Physicist
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Brazil, 2007
2010 MacArthur Fellow

Carol Padden

Sign Language Linguist
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to New Zealand, 2000
2010 MacArthur Fellow

Timothy Barretts

Papermaker
Fulbright U.S. Student to Japan, 1975
2009 MacArthur Fellow

Richard Prum

Ornithologist
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Brazil, 2001
2009 MacArthur Fellow

John Ochsendorf

Structural Engineer / Architectural Preservationist
Fulbright U.S. Student to Spain, 2000
2008 MacArthur Fellow

Ruth Defries

Environmental Geographer
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to India, 2006
2007 MacArthur Fellow

Lisa Curran

Tropical Forester
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Brazil, 2005
2006 MacArthur Fellow

Terence Tao

Mathematician
Fulbright Student from Australia to United States, 1992
2006 MacArthur Fellow

Todd Martinez

Theoretical Chemist
Fulbright U.S. Student to Israel, 1994
2005 MacArthur Fellow

Fazal Sheikh

Photographer
Fulbright U.S. Student to Kenya, 1992
2005 MacArthur Fellow

Sarah Kagan

Gerontological Nurse
Fulbright U.S. Specialist to Armenia, 2010
2003 MacArthur Fellow

Laura Otis

Literary Scholar and Historian of Science
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Germany, 2010
2000 MacArthur Fellow

Jillian Banfield

Geologist
Fulbright Student from Australia to United States, 1988
1999 MacArthur Fellow

Bernadette Brooten

Historian of Religion
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Norway, 1998
1998 MacArthur Fellow

Donald Mitchell

Cultural Geographer
Fulbright U.S. Seminar Programs to Chile, 2013
1998 MacArthur Fellow

Lee Breuer

Playwright and Theater Director
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Greece, 2004
1997 MacArthur Fellow

Richard Howard

Poet, Translator, and Literary Critic
Fulbright U.S. Student to France, 1966
1996 MacArthur Fellow

Heidi Hartmann

Economist
Fulbright U.S. Specialist to New Zealand, 2004
1994 MacArthur Fellow

Maria Crawford

Geologist and Petrologist
Fulbright U.S. Student to Norway, 1960
1993 MacArthur Fellow

Nora England

Anthropological Linguist
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Guatemala, 1989
1993 MacArthur Fellow

Thom Gunn

Poet and Literary Critic
Fulbright Student from UK to United States, 1955
1993 MacArthur Fellow

Thomas Scanlon

Philosopher
Fulbright U.S. Student to United Kingdom, 1962
1993 MacArthur Fellow

Ellen Silbergeld

Biologist and Environmental Health Scientist
Fulbright U.S. Student to United Kingdom, 1967
1993 MacArthur Fellow

Wendy Ewald

Photographer
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Colombia, 1982
1992 MacArthur Fellow

Norman Manea

Writer
Fulbright Scholar from Romania to United States, 1988
1992 MacArthur Fellow

Arnold Rampersad

Biographer and Literary Critic
Fulbright U.S. Student from Trinidad and Tobago to United States, 1969
1991 MacArthur Fellow

Gunther Schuller

Composer, Conductor, and Jazz Historian
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to China, 1971
1991 MacArthur Fellow

John Eaton

Composer
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Italy, 1987
1990 MacArthur Fellow

Patricia Hampl

Writer
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Czech Republic, 1995
1990 MacArthur Fellow

Rebecca Scott

Historian
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to France, 1994
1990 MacArthur Fellow

Ruth Behar

Cultural Anthropologist
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Argentina, 2006
1988 MacArthur Fellow

Philip Devries

Insect Biologist
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Brazil, 2015
1988 MacArthur Fellow

Cornell Fleischer

Historian
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Turkey, 1986
1988 MacArthur Fellow

Naomi Pierce

Biologist
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Australia, 1983
1988 MacArthur Fellow

Stephen Pyne

Environmental Historian
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Sweden, 1991
1988 MacArthur Fellow

Anna Roosevelt

Archaeologist
Fulbright U.S. Specialist to Brazil, 2007
1988 MacArthur Fellow

Irving Howe

Literary and Social Critic
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Japan, 1982
1987 MacArthur Fellow

Mark Strand

Poet and Writer
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Brazil, 1965
1987 MacArthur Fellow

Nancy Farriss

Historian
Fulbright U.S. Student to Spain, 1961
1986 MacArthur Fellow

David Keightley

Historian and Sinologist
Fulbright U.S. Student to France, 1953
1986 MacArthur Fellow

John Ashbery

Poet
Fulbright U.S. Student to France, 1956
1985 MacArthur Fellow

John Benton

Medieval Historian
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to France, 1971
1985 MacArthur Fellow

Harold Bloom  

Literary Critic
Fulbright U.S. Student to United Kingdom, 1954
1985 MacArthur Fellow

William Cronon

Environmental Historian
Fulbright U.S. Specialist to Iceland, 2000
1985 MacArthur Fellow

Thomas Palaima

Classicist
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Austria, 1993, and Spain, 2007, and Fulbright U.S. Student to Greece, 1979
1985 MacArthur Fellow

Robert Hass

Poet, Critic, and Translator
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to United Kingdom, 1976
1984 MacArthur Fellow

Bill Irwin

Writer and Performance Artist
Fulbright U.S. Student to United Kingdom, 1987
1984 MacArthur Fellow

Fritz John

Mathematician
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Germany, 1955
1984 MacArthur Fellow

Galway Kinnell

Poet
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Iran, 1959
1984 MacArthur Fellow

Heather Lechtman

Materials Scientist and Archaeologist
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Chile, 1987
1984 MacArthur Fellow

Michael Lerner

Public Health Leader
Fulbright U.S. Student to Brazil, 1965
1984 MacArthur Fellow

Andrew Lewis

Medieval Historian
Fulbright U.S. Student to France, 1969
1984 MacArthur Fellow

Michael Piore

Economist
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Italy, 1978
1984 MacArthur Fellow

Charles Simic

Poet, Translator, and Essayist
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Yugoslavia, 1982
1984 MacArthur Fellow

Elliot Sperling

Tibetan Studies Scholar
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to India, 1994
1984 MacArthur Fellow

Amos Tversky

Cognitive Psychologist
Fulbright Student from Israel to United States, 1961
1984 MacArthur Fellow

Bret Wallach

Geographer
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Sri Lanka, 2005
1984 MacArthur Fellow

Philip Curtin

Historian of Africa
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad/Tobago, 1986
1983 MacArthur Fellow

Ramon Gutierrez

Historian
Fulbright U.S. Student to Peru, 1973
1983 MacArthur Fellow

Brad Leithauser

Poet and Writer
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Iceland, 1988
1983 MacArthur Fellow

Lawrence Levine

Historian
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Australia, 1988
1983 MacArthur Fellow

Robert Merton

Historian and Sociologist of Science
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Japan, 1967
1983 MacArthur Fellow

Attipat Ramanujan

Poet, Translator, and Literary Scholar
Fulbright Student from India to United States, 1961
1983 MacArthur Fellow

Ada Louise Huxtable

Architectural Critic and Historian
Fulbright U.S. Student to Italy, 1952
1981 MacArthur Fellow

David Pingree

Historian of Science
Fulbright U.S. Student to Italy, 1954
1981 MacArthur Fellow

Richard Rorty

Philosopher
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Peru, 1986
1981 MacArthur Fellow

Lawrence Rosen

Attorney and Anthropologist
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Tunisia, 1991
1981 MacArthur Fellow