The MacArthur Foundation rewards each year about 22 Fellows with a 5-year $500,000 grant given in instalments. The only eligibility requirement is that the laureates must be either citizens or permanent residents of the US. Let’s see the break-up of recent classes.
– This year there has been 23 recipients. Most are US citizens educated there, the 5 exceptions being Israeli mathematician Chudnovsky (the only mathematician), German photographer Barth, Mexican-American film-maker Almada, and two frenchmen: bow-maker Rolland and optical physicist Guyon.
So, the general recent trends seem to be:
– about a half of the fellows are scientists broadly speaking, the other half being connected to the arts
– about 18% are non-US educated, and 82% are US citizens educated there