logoThe MacArthur Fellowship is an award given by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to 20 to 40 United States citizens or residents, of any age and working in any field. It is more commonly known as “The Genius Grant” and is given every year to people who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work.”

But did you know that the MacArthur Foundation is also dedicated to recognizing other levels of greatness? After all, not everyone is a genius, but many people deserve awards nonetheless. Here then are a few lesser-known grants:

  • “The Smartass Benefaction”
  • “The Clever Award”
  • “The Needs to Apply Herself Ribbon”
  • “The Promising Trophy”
  • “The So Much Potential Allocation”
  • “The Great Personality Privilege”
  • “The Means Well Endowment”
  • “The Heart Is in the Right Place Boon”
  • “The Wiley Stipend”
  • “The Street Smart Subsidy”