Monday, August 17, 2015

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

  • Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Full eligibility requirements can be found here.
  • Each Fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study - in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program - in the United States. Please note that the Fellowship does not cover tuition for executive programs, accelerated Bachelor's/Master's programs, or online degrees.
  • Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support (not to exceed $35,000), as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for two years.
  • New Fellows join a strong community of current and past Fellows who all share the New American experience.
  • The application deadline is November 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.
  • 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.
  • The top 77 applicants will be designated "finalists" and will be asked to appear for interviews in New York City or California in late-January or early-February of 2016. The Fellowship program will cover travel and accommodation.
  • The 30 Fellowship winners, selected from among the 77 finalists, will be notified in March of 2016. They will begin to receive stipend and tuition support from the program in the fall of 2016. If a Fellow is in the second-to-last year of their graduate program in the spring of 2016, when the new class of Fellows is announced, the Fellowship may approve special requests, under certain circumstances, to retroactively activate the Fellowship in order to cover that term.
  • The first year of Fellowship funding cannot be deferred.
  • Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply in subsequent years if they are still eligible.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Fellowship, you must meet all three of the following sets of conditions.
  1. New American Status
    To be eligible for the Fellowship, one of the following five statements must be true:
    1. You have been naturalized as a US citizen either on your own or as a minor child under the application of one of your parents.
    2. You are - or will, by the application deadline, be - in possession of a valid green card. (Note: if you have a green card application pending and hope it will be approved by the application deadline, please wait to submit your application until you actually receive your green card.)
    3. You are a US citizen by birth, but neither of your birth parents was a US citizen or eligible for US citizenship at the time of your birth.
    4. You were born outside of the United States or one of its territories and were subsequently adopted by American parents and were awarded US citizenship as a result of your adoption. To the best of your knowledge, neither of your birth parents was a US citizen.
    5. You have been - or by the application deadline will have been - granted deferred action under the government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. (Note: if you have a DACA application pending and hope it will be approved by the application deadline, please wait to submit your application until you actually have been granted DACA status.)
    Note: If you are identified as a potential finalist, you will need to provide documentary evidence of your eligibility as a New American.

  2. Age
    You must not have reached or passed your 31st birthday as of November 1, 2015. In other words, you must have been born after November 1, 1984. There is no minimum age limit.
  3. Academic Standing
    You must already hold a bachelor's degree or be a college senior in good academic standing. You may currently be enrolled in a graduate degree program other than the one for which you hope to receive PD Soros support in the 2016-17 academic year.
    If you are applying to, or have already been accepted by a graduate program for the 2016-17 academic year, you will have to identify the type of graduate degree for which you would like to receive PD Soros support on the PD Soros application.
    You may, as of November 1, 2015, already be enrolled in a single graduate degree program for which you hope to receive PD Soros support in the 2016-17 academic year and subsequently. In that case,
    • You must not have begun a third year of work on that degree as of November 1, 2015, and
    • The degree requirements must involve your full-time study during the full 2016-17 academic year.
    You may, as of November 1, 2015, be enrolled in a joint degree program - or in two separate graduate degree programs. In that case,
    • You must not have begun a third year of work on that degree as of November 1, 2015,
    • The degree requirements must involve your full-time study during the 2016-17 academic year, and
    • You may be at a more advanced stage in pursuit of your other graduate degree, but you will not be able to receive PD Soros support for that degree if you have already begun a third or subsequent year of work on that degree.
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Ready to start your application? Have questions? Join us for a webinar information session! We'll be adding June and July dates soon. Webinars are open to everyone with an internet connection and are held on GoToWebinar. Each webinar will include an overview of the Fellowship, how to apply, selection criteria, eligibility requirements, the benefits of the Fellowship and the Fellowship community. 

For additional information and to register, click on one of the webinar links below:



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