MacArthur Fellowship Recipients

71 Fulbright alumni have been awarded MacArthur Fellowships, popularly known as “genius grants.”

Since 1981, the MacArthur Fellowships have recognized individuals based on their creativity, demonstrated achievements, and potential for significant future accomplishments.

Fellowship recipients are listed below in reverse-time order, according to the year in which they received the award:

  • Derek Peterson – United States
    Fulbright Student to Kenya, 1993
    2017 MacArthur Fellow
  • Branden Jacobs-Jenkins – United States
    Fulbright Student to Germany, 2009
    2016 MacArthur Fellow
  • Benjamin Lerner – United States
    Fulbright Student to Spain, 2003
    2015 MacArthur Fellow
  • Pamela Long – United States
    Fulbright Student to Italy, 1979
    2014 MacArthur Fellow
  • Michal Lipson – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Brazil, 2007
    2010 MacArthur Fellow
  • Carol Padden – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to New Zealand, 2000
    2010 MacArthur Fellow
  • Timothy Barrett – United States
    Fulbright Student to Japan, 1975
    2009 MacArthur Fellow
  • Richard Prum – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Brazil, 2001
    2009 MacArthur Fellow
  • John Ochsendorf – United States
    Fulbright Student to Spain, 2000
    2008 MacArthur Fellow
  • Ruth Defries – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to India, 2006
    2007 MacArthur Fellow
  • Lisa Curran – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Brazil, 2005
    2006 MacArthur Fellow
  • Terence Tao – Australia
    Fulbright Student to United States, 1992
    2006 MacArthur Fellow
  • Todd Martinez – United States
    Fulbright Student to Israel, 1994
    2005 MacArthur Fellow
  • Fazal Sheikh – United States
    Fulbright Student to Kenya, 1992
    2005 MacArthur Fellow
  • Sarah Kagan – United States
    Fulbright Specialists to Armenia, 2010
    2003 MacArthur Fellow
  • Laura Otis – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Germany, 2010
    2000 MacArthur Fellow
  • Jillian Banfield – Australia
    Fulbright Student to United States, 1988
    1999 MacArthur Fellow
  • Bernadette Brooten – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Norway, 1998
    1998 MacArthur Fellow
  • Donald Mitchell – United States
    Fulbright Seminar Programs to Chile, 2013
    1998 MacArthur Fellow
  • Lee Breuer – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Greece, 2004
    1997 MacArthur Fellow
  • Richard Howard – United States
    Fulbright Student to France, 1966
    1996 MacArthur Fellow
  • Heidi Hartmann – United States
    Fulbright Specialist to New Zealand, 2004
    1994 MacArthur Fellow
  • Maria Crawford – United States
    Fulbright Student to Norway, 1960
    1993 MacArthur Fellow
  • Nora England – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Guatemala, 1989
    1993 MacArthur Fellow
  • Thom Gunn – United Kingdom
    Fulbright Student to United States, 1955
    1993 MacArthur Fellow
  • Thomas Scanlon – United States
    Fulbright Student to United Kingdom, 1962
    1993 MacArthur Fellow
  • Ellen Silbergeld – United States
    Fulbright Student to United Kingdom, 1967
    1993 MacArthur Fellow
  • Wendy Ewald – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Colombia, 1982
    1992 MacArthur Fellow
  • Norman Manea – Romania
    Fulbright Scholar to United States, 1988
    1992 MacArthur Fellow
  • Arnold Rampersad – Trinidad and Tobago
    Fulbright Student to United States, 1969
    1991 MacArthur Fellow
  • Gunther Schuller – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to China, Peoples Republic of, 1971
    1991 MacArthur Fellow
  • John Eaton – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Italy, 1987
    1990 MacArthur Fellow
  • Patricia Hampl – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Czech Republic, 1995
    1990 MacArthur Fellow
  • Rebecca Scott – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to France, 1994
    1990 MacArthur Fellow
  • Ruth Behar – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Argentina, 2006
    1988 MacArthur Fellow
  • Philip Devries – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Brazil, 2015
    1988 MacArthur Fellow
  • Cornell Fleischer – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Turkey, 1986
    1988 MacArthur Fellow
  • Naomi Pierce – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Australia, 1983
    1988 MacArthur Fellow
  • Stephen Pyne – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Sweden, 1991
    1988 MacArthur Fellow
  • Anna Roosevelt – United States
    Fulbright Specialists to Brazil, 2007
    1988 MacArthur Fellow
  • Irving Howe – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Japan, 1982
    1987 MacArthur Fellow
  • Mark Strand – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Brazil, 1965
    1987 MacArthur Fellow
  • Nancy Farriss – United States
    Fulbright Student to Spain, 1961
    1986 MacArthur Fellow
  • David Keightley – United States
    Fulbright Student to France, 1953
    1986 MacArthur Fellow
  • John Ashbery – United States
    Fulbright Student to France, 1956
    1985 MacArthur Fellow
  • John Benton – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to France, 1971
    1985 MacArthur Fellow
  • Harold Bloom – United States
    Fulbright Student to United Kingdom, 1954
    1985 MacArthur Fellow
  • William Cronon – United States
    Fulbright Specialist to Iceland, 2000
    1985 MacArthur Fellow
  • Thomas Palaima – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Spain, 2007
    1985 MacArthur Fellow
  • Robert Hass – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to United Kingdom, 1976
    1984 MacArthur Fellow
  • Bill Irwin – United States
    Fulbright Student to United Kingdom, 1987
    1984 MacArthur Fellow
  • Fritz John – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Germany, 1955
    1984 MacArthur Fellow
  • Galway Kinnell – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Iran, 1959
    1984 MacArthur Fellow
  • Heather Lechtman – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Chile, 1987
    1984 MacArthur Fellow
  • Michael Lerner – United States
    Fulbright Student to Brazil, 1965
    1984 MacArthur Fellow
  • Andrew Lewis – United States
    Fulbright Student to France, 1969
    1984 MacArthur Fellow
  • Michael Piore – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Italy, 1978
    1984 MacArthur Fellow
  • Charles Simic – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Yugoslavia, 1982
    1984 MacArthur Fellow
  • Elliot Sperling – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to India, 1994
    1984 MacArthur Fellow
  • Amos Tversky – Israel
    Fulbright Student to United States, 1961
    1984 MacArthur Fellow
  • Bret Wallach – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Sri Lanka, 2005
    1984 MacArthur Fellow
  • Philip Curtin – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad/Tobago, 1986
    1983 MacArthur Fellow
  • Ramon Gutierrez – United States
    Fulbright Student to Peru, 1973
    1983 MacArthur Fellow
  • Brad Leithauser – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Iceland, 1988
    1983 MacArthur Fellow
  • Lawrence Levine – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Australia, 1988
    1983 MacArthur Fellow
  • Robert Merton – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Japan, 1967
    1983 MacArthur Fellow
  • Attipat Ramanujan – India
    Fulbright Student to United States, 1961
    1983 MacArthur Fellow
  • Ada Louise Huxtable – United States
    Fulbright Student to Italy, 1952
    1981 MacArthur Fellow
  • David Pingree – United States
    Fulbright Student to Italy, 1954
    1981 MacArthur Fellow
  • Richard Rorty – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Peru, 1986
    1981 MacArthur Fellow
  • Lawrence Rosen – United States
    Fulbright Scholar to Tunisia, 1991
    1981 MacArthur Fellow