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

In NLLSA on August 25, 2011 by NLLSA Chair, 2010-2011

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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