The MacArthur Fellows Program: "CHICAGO � The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today named 24 new MacArthur Fellows for 2003. Each will receive $500,000 in �no strings attached� support over the next five years.
The MacArthur Fellows Program is designed to emphasize the importance of the creative individual in society. Fellows are selected for the originality and creativity of their work and the potential to do more in the future. Candidates are nominated, evaluated, and selected through a rigorous and confidential process. No one may apply for the awards, nor are any interviews conducted with nominees."
That's my kind of award. Good stuff in there, like this.