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Seven Desi Americans receive prestigious Guggenheim fellowships


Seven Desi Americans were among the 171 recipients of the 2023 Guggenheim fellowship, a prestigious honor awarded to mid-career professionals who have demonstrated “exceptional capacity” in their scholarly or artistic careers.

The fellows were chosen from 48 disciplines in academics and the arts. “Like Emerson, I believe that fullness in life comes from following our calling,” said Edward Hirsch, President of the Guggenheim Foundation, in an April 5 statement announcing the new crop of fellows. “The new class of Fellows has followed their calling to enhance all of our lives, to provide greater human knowledge and deeper understanding. We’re lucky to look to them to bring us into the future,” said Hirsch, a 1985 Guggenheim Fellow in poetry.

Fellows receive grants of $30-45,000 to spend in whatever manner they wish for their field of work. Since 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted nearly $400 million in fellowships to over 18,000 individuals. More than 125 Nobel laureates, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Fields Medal, Turing Award, Bancroft Prize, and National Book Awards have received Guggenheim fellowships.

Guggenheim fellowships in alphabetical order:

Abraham Verghese, Writer, Menlo Park, California; Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor, School of Medicine, Stanford University  

Anima Anandkumar, Bren Professor, California Institute of Technology  

Leela Prasad, Professor of Religious Studies, Duke University

Mariam Ghani, Filmmaker, Brooklyn, New York; Film-Video Faculty, Bennington College 

Prineha Narang, Professor and Howard Reiss Chair in Physical Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles 

Projit Bihari Mukharji, Professor, Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania; Visiting Faculty, History, Ashoka University 

Venkatesan Guruswami, Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley 

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