Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

A Fellowship That Honors the Contributions of Immigrants and the Children of Immigrants to the United States!

DEADLINES

Online application availability

Mid-April; Check www.pdsoros.org for details

Campus deadline

Early October; candidates may apply directly

National deadline

Early November

ELIGIBILITY

Applicant education level

Senior; or Graduate School

Open to applicants who have

completed an undergraduate degree?

Yes

Open to applicants not currently

enrolled in college/university classes?

Yes

Open to (non-U.S.) international students?

Some; Eligible applicants must either be permanent residents, DACA recipients, or naturalized U.S. citizens

Age limit

Cannot have reached or passed 31st birthday at time of application

Are applicants limited to specific fields of study?

No

Are students required to demonstrate financial need?

No

Minimum G.P.A.

None; but  academic excellence is a must

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

UAA Institutional Endorsement

Not Required

Advising Appointment

Schedule an advising appointment with the Soros Fellowship Campus Advisor, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035 to discuss intent to apply

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Every year, the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans awards thirty (30) Fellowships to immigrants, and the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate education in the United States

Awards support up to two years of full-time graduate study in any field, including the visual and performing arts, and at any graduate degree-granting institution in the United States, with the exception of online programs

AWARD BENEFITS

In addition to funding, Soros Fellows join a community of over 500 new Americans with family origins in over 75 countries around the world

Stipend/Benefits

Each award is worth up to $90,000 (up to $25,000 per year stipend; up to $20,000 per year tuition support)

Can the award be deferred?

No

Can the award be renewed?

No

Specific notes and/or exceptions

  • Applicants must be college seniors or not have started third year of graduate school at the time of application
  • Online programs, executive MBAs, and extended 5-year undergraduate/master’s programs do not qualify
  • For more information about eligibility requirements, please visit: www.pdsoros.org

CANDIDATE PROFILE

  • The Soros Fellowship program is seeking for the 30 most promising New Americans who will go on to make significant contributions to American society, culture, or their field
  • Each Fellow serves as an example of the richness that refugees and immigrants bring to America
  • The Soros Fellowship program looks for applicants who have demonstrated and sustained accomplishments that show creativity, originality, and initiative
  • Additionally, the Soros Fellowship looks for evidence that an applicant’s proposed graduate training is likely to enhance future creativity and accomplishment, that accomplishment is likely to persist and grow, and that the individual has a commitment to responsible citizenship in this country

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

As the Soros Fellowship is intended for graduate school, potential applicants should be in the process of applying to or have already been accepted into a graduate school program to be eligible to apply; review specific fellowship requirements at www.pdsoros.org

  • Find a faculty member willing to serve as your mentor throughout the application process
  • Notify the Soros Fellowship Campus Advisor, Dr. Francisco Miranda at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035, of your intent to apply the semester before you plan to apply for the award
  • Schedule an advising appointment with the Soros Fellowship Campus Advisor to discuss internal and external application processes and timelines
  • Register at www.pdsoros.org and start completing the application
  • Select three (3) instructors from whom you have taken upper-division courses in your discipline to write letters of recommendation on your behalf
    • Think carefully about the two (2) optional letters of recommendation and discuss their suitability with Soros Fellowship Campus Advisor
    • Instructors should be familiar with your academic experience and be able to comment in great detail on your proven intellectual and academic achievement, your creativity, originality and initiative, your commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort, and your demonstrated commitment to the values expressed in the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights
    • Instructors should also be able to comment on your promise to make significant contributions in your chosen field of endeavor, and that your graduate training is relevant to your long-term career goals and is of potential value in enhancing your future creativity and accomplishment
    • Guidance for recommenders is available at www.pdsoros.org
  • Start developing your two (2) essays: A narrative of your experiences as a new American; and a description of your current and near-term career related activities and goals, and why you decided to pursue a specific graduate school program
  • Submit a copy of your complete application in PDF to Dr. Francisco Miranda at fmiranda2@alaska.edu, including all letters of recommendation and academic transcript, by the CAMPUS DEADLINE
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Prepare for individual CAMPUS INTERVIEW, which will take place within 1-2 weeks after the campus deadline
  • The Soros Fellowship Selection Committee will conduct a preliminary elimination on the basis of credentials and invite selected applicants to a personal interview in Los Angeles in late January
  • If an invitation for an interview in Los Angeles is not forthcoming, that is the end of the road for your application
  • Selected finalists will be notified in April

For more information about the Soros Fellowship, please visit www.pdsoros.org

SELECTION PROCESS

Number of applications received nationwide

~1200

Number of awards granted

30

Is an interview required?

Campus interview: No, but highly recommended

National interview: Yes; must be conducted in-person; all costs are paid

When are qualifying candidates notified?

Early January

When are winning candidates notified?

Mid-April

CONTACT INFORMATION

Soros Fellowship Campus Advisor

Dr. Francisco Miranda

Office

ADM/HUM 276

Phone

907.786.4035

Email address

fmiranda2@alaska.edu

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Webinars for candidates are available at www.pdsoros.org

Schedule an advising appointment at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035