Junot Dias and Dinaw Mengestu among the 22 recipients of this year's MacArthur grants worth $500,000 each

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Junot Dias and Dinaw Mengestu among the 22 recipients of this year's MacArthur grants worth $500,000 each

Oct 02 2012

Authors Junot Díaz and Dinaw Mengestu are among the twenty-two people to be awarded MacArthur "genius" grants. The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. The award is worth US$500,000 each, paid over a five-year period. Journalist David Finkel (author of The Good Soldiers also won an award.

Award winners cover the gamut from musical instrument makers, scientists and doctors, film-makers and photographers, economists and mathematicians.

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