2020 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship: Open to Undocumented Students for Graduate School

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship provides up to $90,000 in financial support over two years of graduate school. This is an opportunity open to immigrants who graduated from both high school and college in the United States, regardless of their status.

Here are the eligibility requirements:

“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, an applicant’s 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 the applicant as of the November 1 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.
    • 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 high school and college in the US; this includes current and past DACA recipients.
* If you were raised by only one of your birth parents, the following must be true:
  • 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. Eligible applicants will have a bachelor’s degree as of the fall of 2020. They 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 is open to all fields of study and fully accredited full-time graduate degree programs. To be eligible for the 2020 Fellowship, an applicant should be planning to be enrolled full-time in an eligible graduate degree program at a US university for the full 2020-21 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, 2019 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 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.

3. AGE- 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 2020 Fellowship an applicant must not have reached or passed their 31st birthday as of the application deadline. There is no minimum age requirement.”

DEADLINE: “The application for the 2020 Fellowships is available April 11, 2019 through the deadline on November 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET. Applications are not reviewed on a rolling basis. All eligibility requirements apply to the status of the applicant as of November 1, 2019.”

For more information and to apply, please visit their official website: Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship

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