Robert J. Myers (1924-2011) was a man of extraordinary achievement. He served his country and the world through a creative life in public service, journalism, non-profit management, and academia. Throughout his career, he demonstrated moral leadership, drive, and a willingness to defy the conventional wisdom.
As president of Carnegie Council (1980-1994), Myers spearheaded an international effort to promote ethics education. Ethics appealed to him because it opened up paths to reason and rationality as the proper basis for international relations. Common sense, common morality, and common interests were his guide. Two aspects of education interested him most: research and communication. Myers believed that ethical inquiry could be enhanced by sharing ideas and experiences across time, space, and culture.
In honor of Robert Myers' legacy, Carnegie Council established the Robert J. Myers Fellows Fund in 2014, the Council's Centennial year. The Fund supports and promotes activities of the Council's community that embody Myers' vision of effective ethical inquiry rooted in local experiences and communities.
It is Carnegie Council's firm belief that ethics matter. Like Robert Myers, we believe that ethical principles have the power not only to shape individual lives, but also to influence international affairs. However, studies of international ethical inquiries often cater to abstract and theoretical concerns, and fail to ground themselves in first-hand empirical exploration. As a consequence, their findings rarely succeed in extending beyond the narrow confines of academic circles. The Robert J. Myers Fund is designed to bridge this gap.
Building on the resources of the Council's network, the Robert J. Myers Fellows Fund will support a range of activities concerned with engaging local communities in a collaborative exploration of how universal moral values compete with local claims and practices.
Through the Fund, recipients will have opportunities to engage in study trips, collaborative conferences, focus groups, and town hall meetings with local stakeholders from every region of the world. Through dialogues that make an ethical commitment to equal voice (whether by gender, race, origin, nationality, orientation, or language), our fellows create connections with their communities and develop common educational resources designed to change the way we think, learn, and teach about ethics and international affairs.
Please note that the Robert J. Myers Fund does not accept unsolicited applications for funding.