An Indian-American student at the Yale University is among 30 recipients of a prestigious fellowship aimed at supporting graduate students who have demonstrated “creativity” and “originality” in their lives.
Durga Thakral is among the winners of the 2016 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans and will use her award to support work towards an MD/PhD in genetics at Yale School of Medicine, the university said in a statement.
Ms Thakral says her work with communities with minimal healthcare resources has shown her the “dire need for better access to medical care and affordable biomedical devices.”
The fellows, selected from a pool of over 1,400 applicants, will receive tuition and stipend assistance of up to USD 90,000 in support of graduate education – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting programme – in the US.
Born in Illinois, Ms Thakral is the daughter of Indian immigrants. She earned a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale.