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Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
$25,000 - $90,000
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans fund thirty new Americans, immigrants or their children, who are attending graduate school in the United States.
Each Fellowship offers funds for one or two years of graduate study in any area and at any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to a total of $90,000. Here is the breakdown: Each Fellow receives $25,000 in stipend support a year (all stipend awards are capped at $50,000 per year), as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years. The first year of Fellowship funding cannot be deferred.
The competition is based on merit. The selection criteria place an emphasis on creativity, originality, initiative, and long-term success. The policy places a premium on adherence to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. There are no quotas in the curriculum for certain categories of degrees, colleges or services, places of birth, ethnicity, or other factors. Unsuccessful applicants can reapply in subsequent years if they remain qualified.
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- The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans initiative is for immigrants and their children in the United States. To be considered, both of your birth parents must have been born as non-US residents outside of the United States, and neither parent must have been eligible for US citizenship at the time of their births. Furthermore, as of the October 29 submission date, one of the following must be true of you:
- Born in the United States: You were born in the United States, and both of your parents were born in other nations.
- Naturalized Citizen: You were naturalized as a US citizen either on your own or under the application of one of your parents when you were a minor child.
- Adopted: You were born outside of the United States or one of its territories and were adopted by American parents. As a result of your adoption, you were given US citizenship.
- Green Card: You already carry a valid green card.
- Asylees and Refugees: In the United States, you have been given asylum or refugee status.
- You must expect to be enrolled full-time in an approved graduate degree program at a US university for the entire 2021-22 academic year to be eligible for the 2021 Fellowship. To be eligible, you must not have started the third year of the program for which you are receiving funds by the deadline of October 29, 2020.
- To be considered for the 2021 Fellowship, you must not have reached or passed your 31st birthday as of the application deadline. There is no requirement for minimum age.
The application includes the following sections:
- A confirmation of your eligibility
- Your personal and contact information
- Your higher-education history
- The graduate program[s] for which you seek support
- Recommendations (3 required, up to 5 accepted)
- Required submissions: Resume, two essays, transcripts (college, graduate), scores of standardized tests (if they are or were required for admission to your graduate program)
- Essay One - maximum length 1000 words Tell us about your experiences as a New American. Whether as an immigrant yourself or as a child of immigrants, how have your experiences as a New American informed and shaped who you are and your accomplishments?
- Essay Two – maximum length 1000 words Tell us about your current and near-term career-related activities and goals, as well as why you decided to pursue the specific graduate program(s) and school(s) that you have. How do you see your current work and study informing your early career goals? If you have not been accepted into a program yet, please tell us why you selected the programs to which you are applying.
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