First Icelander Admitted to Yale’s World Fellows Programme - The Reykjavik Grapevine

First Icelander Admitted to Yale’s World Fellows Programme

Published April 25, 2014

Þóra Arnórsdóttir, renowned national media personality and 2012 candidate for the Presidency of Iceland has been invited to Yale’s prestigious World Fellows programme, becoming the first Icelander ever admitted, reports Vísir.

Although she lost the 2012 race by a narrow margin, along with her husband, Þóra sparked international debate on gender roles and equality: she was 8 months pregnant with her third child when she announced her candidacy. 

Yale World Fellows is the university’s signature leadership programme created to cultivate and empower a network of globally engaged “rising stars” committed to positive social change through dialog and action.

In an announcement detailing the new fellows Þóra was said to be an exceptionally good fit for the group. 

The residency programme lasts four months with 16 fellows in all. 


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