Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Pre-Application deadline: 4/3/17 NOON (due to SOP) (Required for optional advising)

Please Use: 2017 Application Process Overview

Consult our Sample Pre-Application

External Deadline: November 1, 2017

What
A fellowship for two years of graduate study in any field for immigrants or the children of immigrants. Recipients may attend graduate programs in the United States.

Who is Eligible
Juniors, graduating seniors, and recent alumnus/a who are naturalized US citizens, permanent residents, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, or those whose parents were BOTH immigrants (born abroad as citizens of other countries). Applicants must be age 30 or younger on the application deadline of November 1.

Please note that external scholarship agencies will consider all of your credit-bearing coursework from any college or institution as part of the review process (including CSU, community colleges, private colleges or other UC campuses/Extension programs, and including units earned while in high school). Grades from other colleges will be included in calculation of your overall GPA for eligibility purposes.

Selection Procedure

The first step in applying is to complete a Pre-Application, accessible each year throughout March. In April and May, SOP staff review Pre-Applications and meet with students to discuss their candidacy and subsequent steps. For detailed information about each stage of the application process — including the roles of campus endorsement and evaluation — please view the Application Process Overview.

After completing the Pre-App and meeting with SOP staff to discuss your candidacy, you will work on the formal application. Your supporting documents, including three to five faculty letters of recommendation will be due this summer.

Evaluation is based on evidence of “creativity, originality, and initiative;” “commitment to and capacity for accomplishment;” support for the values expressed in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights; “promise of continued significant contributions;” and appropriateness of the proposed graduate degree program to long-term, ambitious career goals.

Finalized, formal applications and letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically to the Soros Foundation by the final deadline (November 1 at 11:59 pm ET/8:59 pm PT).

The application comprises: eligibility, contact information, higher education history, proposed graduate program, resume, two essays, transcripts, standardized test scores (if required for your graduate program), optional exhibits, and 3 to 5 letters of recommendation.

Approximately 1,200 applicants vie for 30 awards. Finalists are interviewed in New York City or California in late January or early February. Winners are notified in March.

Who Wins

UCI has had five winners of the Soros Fellowship: Mohamad Abedi (2015), Carolina Gabriela Jauregi (2007), Dora Castaneda Rodriguez (2006), Erick Ruiz Miranda (2002), and Mia Cheng Lee (2000).

Past Fellows also include Vivek Murthy (U.S. Surgeon General), Mariano Castillo (Editor & Journalist, Associated Press), Amy Chow (Physician and two-time Olympic gymnast), Cyrus Habib (Washington State Senate Democratic Whip), Thuy Thi Nguyen (President of Foothill College), Lei Liang (Composer, Professor at UC San Diego), and Julissa Reynoso (Attorney & former U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay).

Finances
Funds up to $20,000 per year in tuition for 2 years of graduate study in any field, as well as a stipend.

Comments
Any undergraduate or recent graduate who is a New American with a strong academic record, evidence of accomplishment and creativity, and the ambition to become a leader in his or her field should consider the Soros Fellowship.

World Wide Web
Further information and applications are available at the Paul & Daisy Soros website.

For applications and more information, contact the Scholarship Opportunities Program at 824-0189. We are located within the Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication, on the first floor of Ayala Science Library (Building 520).

SOP is able to advise competitive undergraduate candidates at UC Irvine only.