The board of directors of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans announced the program’s 2023 fellows on April 25. The 30 new fellows, including 12 with connections to Harvard, were chosen from a pool of nearly 2,000 applicants from across the U.S.  

“Immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees have and continue to make our nation stronger,” fellowship Director Craig Harwood said in a statement. “The diverse perspectives and approaches that each fellow this year, and the many who have come before them, brings to their fields and our society is remarkable and inspiring.”   

Fellows receive up to $90,000 towards their graduate program of choice. The fellowship class of 2023 joins a community of honored past recipients, including composer Paola Presinti, U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra Julissa Reynoso Pantaleón, author Jason Kim, and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.  

The 12 fellows with Harvard connections selected to join the class of 2023 are:  

  • Ashri Anurudran ’19, M.D. student at Harvard Medical School ’25 
  • Kidist Ashami, Ph.D. candidate in biological and biomedical sciences at Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Tan Dao, Ph.D. student in physics at Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Jaspreet Kaur ’21 
  • Adriana Liimakka, M.D./M.B.I. student in medicine and bioinformatics at the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program ’26 
  • Jimmy Lin ’22 
  • Silvia Huerta Lopez, M.D./Ph.D. candidate in biological and biomedical sciences at Harvard Medical School ’27 
  • Nathan Mallipeddi, M.D./M.B.A. candidate at Harvard Medical School and Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Eana Xuyi Meng ’19, M.D./Ph.D. candidate in medicine and history of medicine at Harvard 
  • Vaibhav Mohanty ’19, A.M. ’19, Ph.D. student in chemistry at Harvard ’27, M.D. at Harvard Medical School ’29 
  • Juliet Nwagwu Ume-Ezeoke ’21 
  • Daniela Veloza ’18, M.B.A. candidate at Harvard Business School   

The new class of program fellows can trace their heritage to 18 countries, including Afghanistan, Colombia, Ethiopia, Norway, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. The fellows are studying across a wide range of fields, including law, medicine, screenwriting, Chicano and Central American studies, mechanical engineering 

Eligible New Americans must be green card holders, naturalized citizens, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, individuals born abroad who graduated from high school and college in the U.S., or the U.S.-born children of two immigrants. Applicants, who must be 30 years old or younger, should be planning to be enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate program in the U.S. 

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

To learn more about the 2023 fellows, visit