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of Immigrants for Graduate School Support

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

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Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

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10/28/21 2:00 pm ET


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Fellowships of up to $90,000 to USA immigrants and children of immigrants for graduate school support. The program is intended for applicants under the age of 31 who are pursuing graduate studies in any advanced degree-granting program and any field throughout the country.

Over the two years of the Fellowship, Fellows are required to attend the annual Fall Conference in New York City, which is fully paid for by the program. The Fall Conference takes place over a weekend in late October and is an opportunity for the new Fellows to get to know one another and the Fellowship staff, alumni, and community, celebrate, and examine the New American experience. In addition, the director or deputy director of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships will visit each Fellow on their respective campus during the first fall semester of their Fellowship. The Fellowship funding should allow Fellows to focus on their studies full-time, which is why Fellows are not able to work full-time during their graduate program. Finally, Fellows are required to remain in good standing in their graduate program while receiving funding. At the close of their two years as an active fellow, Fellows must submit an exit report. More details on the visit and the requirements of the Fellowship are provided when selected applicants sign a contract with the Fellowship. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 195794

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Each award is for up to a total of $90,000. Here is the break down: 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, your birth parents must have both been born outside of the US as non-US citizens, and both parents must not have been eligible for US citizenship at the time of their births.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program is intended for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing full-time graduate degrees at United States institutions. To be eligible, you will have a bachelor’s degree as of the fall of 2022. You may be applying to graduate school at the same time that you are applying to the Fellowship, or you may already be enrolled in the graduate program that you are seeking funding for as of the application deadline. The Fellowship is open to all fields of study and fully accredited full-time graduate and professional degree programs. To be eligible for the 2022 Fellowship, you should be planning to be enrolled full-time in an eligible graduate degree program at a US university for the full 2022-23 academic year. To be eligible, you must not have begun the third year of the program that you are seeking funding for as of the October 28, 2021 deadline. Individuals who have a previous graduate degree are eligible. For individuals in a joint- or dual-degree program, the program you are enrolled in for the 2022-23 academic year must meet the eligibility requirements.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program is intended for students who are early in their careers. All students must be 30 or younger as of the application deadline. To be eligible for the 2022 Fellowship, you must not have reached or passed your 31st birthday as of the application deadline. There is no minimum age requirement.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

- 4/28, 1:00pm to 2:00pm: Applicants in Architecture, Visual Arts & Design
- 5/04, 2:00pm to 3:00pm: Applicants in Policy & Law
- 5/05, 1:00pm to 2:00pm: Applicants Pursuing MBAs
- 5/12 at 3 pm ET: For Applicants in Writing
- 5/14 at 10 am: Applicants Pursuing Medicine and/or Biomedical Research
- 5/18 at 1 pm: Applicants in STEM
- 5/19 at 11 am: Applicants in Music & Performing Arts
- 5/25 at 3 pm ET: Community College Graduates
- 5/26 at 11 am ET: Webinar for Re-Applicants
- 6/01 at 2 pm ET: Applicants Pursuing the Humanities & Social Sciences
- 6/02 at 10 am ET: Veterans & Active Military

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Pre-Application Information:

- 2022 Application Launches: April 13, 2021
- 2021 Fellows Announced: April 13, 2021
- 2022 Fellowship Application Deadline: October 28, 2021 2:00 pm ET
- Interviews: Late January + Early February, 2022
- 2022 Fellows Announced: Mid-April, 2022
- 2023 Fellowship Application Launches: April, 2022
- 2022 Fellowship Begins: Fall, 2022

The application and all recommendations are due by October 28, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET. No exceptions. Please note that all applications are reviewed after October 28, 2021 and applications are not reviewed on a rolling basis. It is strongly recommend that you submit before October 28, 2021 because there will be quite a bit of traffic on the site on the final day which will slow down the system.

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