At least four individuals of Indian origin win prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for 2021


This year’s John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships count among them at least four individuals of Indian origin, two of Pakistani heritage and one of Sri Lankan ancestry.

The prestigious Fellowship goes to scholars and artists in several fields to help them engage in research under the freest of possible conditions, the website ( says. The Foundation receives around 3,000 applications every year, and this year 184 individuals were chosen as Fellows.

The selection process is rigorous, Guggenheim says, and those selected are already established in their field and have shown exceptional capability and creativity.

The grants given vary from person to person, the Foundation says, and is usually for six months. The Fellowships are awarded twice a year.

Following are the Fellows of South Asian ancestry:

Arjun Dey, an astronomer at NSF’s NOIRLab, has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in astronomy & astrophysics for 2021. Photo: L. Falk/NOIRLab


Arjun Dey, Astronomer, National Science Foundation’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab)


Priyanga Amarasekare, Professor of Ecology and Evolution, University of California, Los Angeles


Atif Mian, John H. Laporte, Jr. Class of 1967 Professor of Economics, Public Policy and Finance, Princeton University


Suhas Diggavi, winner of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship 2021. Photo:

Suhas Diggavi, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

European & Latin American Literature

Debarati Sanyal, winner of the 2021 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Photo:

Debarati Sanyal, Professor of French, University of California, Berkeley

History of Science, Technology, & Economics

Lochlann Jain, Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University

Lochlann Jain, winner of the 2021 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Photo:

Music Composition

Rez Abbasi, Composer, New York City




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