An Indian-American student who studies at Yale University, Ms. Durga Thakral, has won the prestigious fellowship award '2016 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans'. She is among 30 recipients of the fellowship, aimed at supporting the graduate students who have demonstrated creativity and originality in their lives.
Ms. Thakral was born in Illinois to Indian immigrants. With the help of this award, she plans to help communities with minimal healthcare resources. She will use her award to support work towards an MD/PhD in genetics at Yale School of Medicine.
She hopes to take advantage of the growing power of molecular medicine in her work to improve the human condition and empower others to pursue their dreams. She had earned a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale. Ms. Thakral also says that her work with communities with minimum health care resources demonstrate the dire need for better access to medical care and affordable biomedical devices.
The fellows who are selected from over 1,400 applicants will receive tuition and stipend assistance of up to $90,000, in support of graduate education in any field and any advanced degree granting programme in the US.
The '2016 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans’ have been established in 1997 by the Hungarian immigrants, the Soros couple. As per the award criteria, the recipients must also show a commitment to the values expressed in the US constitution and the Bill of Rights. The laid criteria for the award show that the recipient must have "demonstrated creativity, originality, and initiative in one or more aspects of her or his life," as well as "a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort”.