Here Are This Year's 'Genius Grant' Winners

The MacArthur Foundation will give them $625K to use as they please
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 4, 2018 1:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – A violinist who organizes concerts for the homeless, a professor whose research is being used to increase access to civil justice by poor communities, and an activist pastor are among this year's MacArthur fellows and recipients of so-called genius grants, the AP reports. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Thursday named 25 people , including academics, activists, artists, scholars and scientists, who will receive $625,000 over five years to use as they please. The Chicago-based foundation has awarded the fellowships each year since 1981 to people who have shown outstanding talent to help further their creative, professional or intellectual pursuits. Potential fellows are brought to the foundation's attention by an anonymous pool of nominators. Those selected are sworn to secrecy until their names are announced. Details on some winners:

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