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The purpose of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.
To be eligible for the 2018 Fellowship, you must meet the following requirements as of the Nov 1, 2017 application deadline:
1. NEW AMERICAN STATUS
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a fellowship program intended for United States immigrants and children of immigrants. To be eligible, an applicant’s birth parents must have both been born outside of the U.S. as non-U.S. citizens, and both parents must not have been eligible for U.S. citizenship at the time of their births. In addition, one of the following must be true of the applicant as of the Nov. 1, 2017 application deadline:
- Born in the U.S.: You are a U.S. citizen by birth and both of your parents were born abroad as non-U.S. citizens.
- Naturalized Citizen: You have been naturalized as a U.S. citizen either on your own or as a minor child under the application of one of your parents.
- Green Card: You are in possession of a valid green card.
- Adopted: You were born outside of the U.S. or one of its territories and were subsequently adopted by American parents, and were awarded U.S. citizenship as a result of your adoption.
- DACA: You have been granted deferred action under the government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and your status is currently active.
2. ACADEMIC STANDING
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a fellowship program intended for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing full time graduate degrees at United States institutions. Eligible applicants will have a bachelor’s degree as of the application deadline and may be applying to graduate school as they are applying to the fellowship, or they may already be enrolled in the graduate program that they are seeking funding for as of the application deadline. The fellowship program is open to all fields of study and fully accredited fulltime graduate degree programs. In order to be eligible for the 2018 fellowship, an applicant should be planning to be enrolled full time in an eligible graduate degree program at a US university for the full 2018-19 academic year. Eligible applicants must not have begun the third year of the program that they are seeking funding for as of the November 1, 2017 deadline. Applicants who have a previous graduate degree or who are in a joint-degree program are eligible.
Ineligible programs: Online programs, executive graduate programs, joint bachelors/master's programs, certificate programs, post-baccalaureate programs, graduate programs that are not in the United States, and graduate programs that are not fully accredited.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a fellowship program intended for students who are early in their careers. All students must be 30 or younger as of the application deadline. In order to be eligible for the 2018 fellowship an applicant must not have reached or passed their 31st birthday as of the application deadline. There is no minimum age requirement.
The competition is merit-based. Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment. The program values a commitment to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The program does not have any quotas for types of degrees, universities or programs, countries of origin, or gender, etc. Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply in subsequent years if they are still eligible.
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
- Required submissions:
- Two essays
- Scores of standardized tests already taken
- Recommendations (three required, up to five accepted)
- Optional exhibits
To access the application, click here.
Value of the Award
Each year the Fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000 (paid in two installments) and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program attended by the Fellow (up to a maximum of $16,000 per academic year). The Fellowship Program pays the tuition grant directly to the institution. The size of the tuition grant depends on the cost of tuition at the institution the Fellow attends. Fees are not included in calculating tuition.
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
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