The MacArthur Fellowships for 2001 were announced on 24 October 2001, after delays due to the events of 11 September. Each of the 23 individuals will receive $500,000 over five years.
The foundation describes the basis for giving the awards as follows: "The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits, and a marked capacity for self-direction. There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work." The Fellowships are often referred to as "genius grants", though the foundation dislikes that term.
The MacArthur Fellows for 2001 are:
Kay Redfield Jamison