The prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in Economics has been awarded to Pakistan’s Dr Atif Mian this year.

Dr Mian is the co-founder and a board member of the Center of Economic Research Pakistan (CERP). He is currently a Professor of Economics, Public Policy, and Finance at the prestigious Princeton University.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awards the Guggenheim Fellowship to exceptional individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional ability and creativity in academics.


The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation was established in 1925. It has granted nearly $400 million in Fellowships to over 18,000 individuals.

Out of 18,000, 125 are Nobel laureates, members of all the national academies, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Fields Medal, Turing Award, Bancroft Prize, National Book Award, and other internationally recognised honours.

Dr Mian was appointed as an advisor in the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) by Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan in-add-date, but was removed following backlash and criticism by extremist religious groups on the government for appointing a person from the Ahmadi faith. His removal on September 7, 2018 prompted council members Asim Ijaz Khwaja and Imran Rasul to resign in protest.