Otherwise known as MacArthur Genius grants, the purpose of this grant was to give particularly promising individuals a small break from the necessities of earning a living by giving them a one time $250,000 grant awarded to outstanding individuals in many fields.

The grant is given annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In recent years the award is now $500,000 awarded over a period of 3 years.

Some of the more famous people to have won include:

Also see: 2000 MacArthur genius grants and 2001 MacArthur Fellowships

Source: http://www.macfound.org/ Last Updated 07.20.03

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