Four Indian-Americans receive Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship of $90,000

Hari Sriniasan. Photo: courtesy Paul & Daisy Fellowships
Sai Rajagopal. Photo: courtesy Paul & Daisy Fellowship

The The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans announced April 13, 2022, include four Indian-Americans.

The merit-based graduate school program for immigrants and children of immigrants, announced the program’s 2022 Fellows chosen from a pool of more than 1,800 applicants.

The chosen 30 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows” were selected for their potential to make significant contributions to the United States,” a press release from the organization said. They will each receive up to $90,000 in funding to support their graduate studies.

The four Indian-American recipients are Hari Srinivasan, Sai Rajagopal, Syamantak Payra and Rishi Goel. Each of the candidates has an extraordinary life story. See for more details.

Syamantak Payra. Photo: courtesy Paul & Daisy Fellowship
Rishi Goel. Photo: courtesy Paul & Daisy Fellowships



Srinivasan received the Fellowship to support work towards a PhD in neuroscience at Vanderbilt.

Rajagopal’s Fellowship will support his work toward a medical degree at Harvard University.

Payra’s Fellowship will help him work towards a PhD in electrical engineering at a place of his choice.

Goel will use his scholarship to pusue an MD at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees are an essential part of the United States. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows demonstrate the ingenuity and diverse perspectives that immigrants of all backgrounds bring to America’s graduate programs and to the country as a whole,” Fellowship Director Craig Harwood is quoted saying in the press release about the new Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows.

In addition to receiving up to $90,000 in funding for the graduate program of their choice, the 2022 Fellows join the prestigious community of past recipients who include US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy; Olympians Amy Chow and Patricia Miranda; US Ambassador to Spain Julissa Reynoso Pantaleón; Stanford AI leader Fei-Fei Li; computational biologist Pardis Sabeti; composer Paola Prestini; Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah; Aspiration CEO Andrei Cherny; award-winning writer Kao Kalia Yang, and more than 715 Fellows.

The new class of Fellows have heritage in the following countries: India, Afghanistan, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, France, Germany, Grenada, Israel, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Syria, Taiwan, Uganda, and Vietnam.

Founded by Hungarian immigrants, Daisy M. Soros and her late husband Paul Soros (1926-2013), The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of continuing generations of immigrants in the United States.



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