CAMBRIDGE, MA— Ashutosh Varshney, a visiting scholar at CIS, was named both a Guggenheim fellow and Carnegie scholar for 2008. Guggenheim fellows are appointed on the basis of outstanding achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment. The annual competition awarded 190 fellowships from more than 2,600 applicants, with awards totaling $8,200,000. As a Carnegie scholar, Varshney is among 20 recipients selected for "their compelling ideas and commitment to enriching the quality of the public dialogue on Islam." The Carnegie scholars will receive two-year grants of up to $100,000 each. Varshney received his PhD from the MIT political science department in 1990 and is currently a professor at the University of Michigan.
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