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Seniors/Graduate Students: The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
April 23, 2020 @ 8:00 am - October 19, 2020 @ 11:59 pm
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.
The application for the 2021 Fellowship is now open.
Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support a 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.
To be eligible for the 2021 Fellowship, you must meet the following requirements as of the October 29, 2020 application deadline:
1. NEW AMERICAN STATUS
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program is intended for immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States.
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.* In addition, one of the following must be true of you as of the October 29 application deadline:
- Born in the US: You are a US citizen by birth and both of your parents were born abroad as non-US citizens.
- Born abroad:
- Naturalized Citizen: 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.
- Adopted: You were born outside of the US or one of its territories and were subsequently adopted by American parents and were awarded US citizenship because of your adoption.
- Green Card: You are in possession of a valid green card.
- Refugee & Asylees: You have been granted asylum or refugee status in the US.
- If None of the Other Categories Above Apply: Graduated from High School and College in the US: If none of the other categories apply to you and you were born abroad but graduated from both high school and college in the US (this includes current and past DACA recipients).
The parent who raised you must have been born abroad as a non-US citizen.
Your second birth parent was not part of your life growing up and you have no contact with them.
2. ACADEMIC STANDING
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 2021. 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 fundig for as of the application deadline. The Fellowship is open to all fields of study and fully accredited full-time graduate degree programs. To be eligible for the 2021 Fellowship, you should be planning to be enrolled full-time in an eligible graduate degree program at a US university for the full 2021-22 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 29, 2020 deadline. If you have a previous graduate degree or are in a joint-degree program, you may still be eligible.
Due to the unprecedented changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, many graduate programs have transitioned to an online-class format. While online programs, including most hybrid programs, are not typically eligible for Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships funding, any program that is intended to be an in-person program under regular circumstances is still eligible for Fellowship funding, regardless of whether it is fully online during the pandemic. If an academic program was always intended to be an online program, and will continue to be an online program after the pandemic subsides, then it would not be eligible for Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships funding. If an academic program was intended to be an in-person program, and will return to being an in-person program when the pandemic subsides, then it would be eligible for Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships funding.
Ineligible programs: Online programs, executive graduate programs, joint bachelors/master’s programs in which both degrees are awarded simultaneously, 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 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 2021 Fellowship, you must not have reached or passed your 31st birthday as of the application deadline. There is no minimum age requirement.