Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans’ class of 2022

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The board of directors of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, a merit-based graduate school program for immigrants and children of immigrants, announced the program’s 2022 fellows, including 11 with Harvard connections. Chosen from a pool of over 1,800 applicants, the 30 fellows will each receive up to $90,000 in funding to support their graduate studies.

Eligible New Americans include green card holders, naturalized citizens, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, individuals born abroad who graduated from both high school and college in the United States, and the US-born children of two immigrants.

“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,” said fellowship director Craig Harwood said of the new Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows.

The 11 College alumni and current students were selected to join the 2021 class:

  • Mussab Ali, J.D. ’23
  • Zubia Hasan, first year Ph.D. student at Harvard
  • Laura Nicolae ’20, Ph.D. student in business economics at Harvard
  • Osaremen Okolo, ’17, incoming Ph.D. student in the history of science at Harvard
  • Wenjie Gong ’22
  • Audrey Chen ’18
  • Esther Elonga ’21
  • Tania Fabo ’18
  • Laila Ujayli ’24
  • Sai Rajagopal, M.D. at Harvard Medical School
  • Katarina Richter-Lunn, A.M. ’21, Ph.D. ’24
  • Oscar De Los Santos, J.D. ’25

Trang Luu, an MIT graduate, will enroll in MS/MBA program run jointly by the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences  and Harvard Business School in the fall.

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. The active alumni network includes U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy; Olympians Amy Chow and Patricia Miranda; U.S. 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.

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.

To read the full bios of the 2022 Fellows, visit