Apply Today for The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

In NLLSA on August 25, 2011 by Barbara

Below is basic information about these fellowships from the official website.  Applications are due November 1, 2011.  NLLSA Board members are past and current fellows — if you have questions about this program and would like to speak with the Board members who participated, please contact

The Basics

  • Thirty Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans will be awarded in
    2012 on the basis of a single national competition.
  • Each fellowship supports up 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 maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in
    tuition support for each year of graduate study supported, a total of as much as
  • The deadline for submission of completed applications is November 1, 2011.
  • To be eligible, you must be:
    • A New American (a green card holder or naturalized citizen if born abroad; a
      child of naturalized citizens if born in this country).
    • Not yet 31 years old, as of the application deadline.
    • A college senior or holder of a bachelor’s degree.
    • Not beyond your second year – if already enrolled — in the graduate degree
      program for which you request support.
  • Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative, and
    sustained accomplishment.
  • The program values a commitment to the constitution and the bill of rights.
  • The program promotes a strong sense of community among fellows and alumni
    through fall conferences for fellows and numerous events for fellows and alumni
    held throughout the country.
  • The top 77 applicants will be designated “finalists” and will be asked to
    appear for interviews in New York City or Los Angeles in late-January of 2012.
    Reasonable expenses will be covered by the Fellowship Program.
  • The 30 fellowship winners, selected from among the 77 finalists, will be
    announced in February of 2012.

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