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Questions about Grants & Scholarships

+How do I apply for a grant? How do I apply for a scholarship?

As an operating foundation, the Carnegie Foundation does not award grants or scholarships.

+Does the Foundation have money available for the remodeling of or the preservation of Carnegie Libraries?

The Carnegie Foundation was not involved with the construction of Carnegie Libraries, and does not have grants for remodeling or preserving any remaining Carnegie Libraries. Andrew Carnegie personally funded the early Carnegie Libraries.

Questions about Publications and Previous Work

+What is the Carnegie Unit?

The unit was developed in 1906 as a measure of the amount of time a student has studied a subject. For example, a total of 120 hours in one subject—meeting 4 or 5 times a week for 40 to 60 minutes, for 36 to 40 weeks each year—earns the student one "unit" of high school credit. Fourteen units were deemed to constitute the minimum amount of preparation that could be interpreted as "four years of academic or high school preparation."

+Why can't I find the Carnegie publication I am looking for?

Because the Carnegie Corporation and the Carnegie Foundation both publish on education, confusion occasionally arises when people search the wrong Web site for a publication. Through the publications page on this site, the entire Carnegie Foundation publications list can be searched. If you do not find the title you are looking for, please check the Carnegie Corporation site.

+Where can I find information about former Carnegie President Ernest Boyer?

Messiah College has established The Boyer Center as a resource for the life and work of Ernest Boyer. The Center's Web site is at: http://www.messiah.edu/boyer_center/

+How can I get permission to reprint a Carnegie publication?

The Foundation has a very liberal permissions policy, but we do require that all requests be put in writing. Please email publications@carnegiefoundation.org for permission to reprint Carnegie publications.

+What happened to Change magazine?

Change magazine, previously published by Heldref Publications with editorial support by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is now owned by Taylor & Francis Publishers. Carnegie no longer has any affiliation with the magazine. For more information on Change, you can email the editors at heldref@taylorandfrancis.com or visit their website.

+I recently read somewhere that a Carnegie Foundation report said that 85% of a person's job success is a product of interpersonal skills and that only 15% of his success is the result of technical knowledge. Which report was that, and how can I get a copy?

These statistics were extrapolated from A Study of Engineering Education, authored by Charles Riborg Mann and published in 1918 by the Carnegie Foundation. The cited figures come from the data on pages 106-107. The report is out of print, but can be located through a public library or a university library.

+Where can I find out of print Carnegie publications?

Check your local public or university library for out of print books. You might also try online booksellers to locate a copy for purchase.

+Does the Carnegie Foundation publish an annual report?

Starting in 2006, the Foundation transitioned to publishing an online Year in Review in place of an annual report. The Foundation's IRS 990 tax return is available at www.guidestar.org. Earlier annual reports are available from publications@carnegiefoundation.org.

Organizational FAQs

+Where is the Carnegie Foundation located?

The Carnegie Foundation is located in Stanford, California.
Our address is:
51 Vista Lane
Stanford, CA 94305
Map and directions

+What is the difference between the The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Carnegie Corporation of New York?

The Carnegie Foundation and Carnegie Corporation are separate organizations. The Carnegie Foundation is an independent policy and research center. Its current mission is to support needed transformations in American education through tighter connections between teaching practice, evidence of student learning, the communication and use of this evidence, and structured opportunities to build knowledge. Carnegie Corporation is a source of financial support for innovations in the fields in which it concentrates. Its current program areas include education, international peace and security, international development, and strengthening U.S. democracy. Carnegie Corporation's work in education presently focuses on advancing literacy, urban school reform and teacher education reform.

+What is the relationship between the Carnegie Foundation and the other Carnegie philanthropies?

The Carnegie Foundation is one of several philanthropic and educational institutions founded by Andrew Carnegie. Each organization is governed and operated independently.

+What is the Carnegie Foundation's relationship to Stanford University?

The Carnegie Foundation is a private, independent operating foundation, and is not affiliated with Stanford University. However, through the generosity of Stanford, Carnegie's new facility was built on land owned by the university and leased to the Foundation.

+How is the Foundation governed?

The Carnegie Foundation is governed by a self-perpetuating board of trustees composed of leaders in education, business and government. The Carnegie Foundation is a nonprofit corporation chartered by an act of Congress in 1906. Classified as a private operating foundation under sections 509(a) and 4942(j) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, the Foundation uses income from an endowment to support its activities and does not award grants or scholarships.


Please Note: Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Carnegie Classifications can be found here. Other questions or inquiries can be directed to us through the contact page.