Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

The Paul and Soros Fellowship for New Americans announces it's new class of fellows for 2019. The scholarship supports $90,000 tuition for graduate school in any number of fields. The selection process is focused on identifying the most promising New Americans who are poised to make significant contributions to the nation through their work and who exhibit creativity, originality, initiative and sustained accomplishment. With 1,800 applications for 30 slots, it has become known as the "Rhodes scholarship" for immigrants. This year's impressive group of 30 fellows includes:

  • Countries of origin: China, Columbia, Haiti, India, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Paikstan, Peru, Russia, Somalia, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam
  • 21 fellows speak 2 or more languages, 9 fellows speak 3 or more languages
  • 20 women, 10 men
  • 9 first generation college students
  • 5 refugees or asylum-seekers
  • Fields of study: Astrophysics, biomedical research, business, chemical science and engineering, computer science, creative writing, economics, history, law, math, mechanical engineering, medicine, music, physics, planetary science, public policy
  • Graduate universities: MIT, Caltech, Stanford, University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, Northwestern, Oregon Health and Science, Syracuse, UCSF, Stony Brook Univesrity, Columbia, University of Hawaii, Harvad, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Undergraduate universities: Yale, Brown, Princeton, MIT, Cornell, Georgetown, Columbia, Stanford, Macaulay at Lehman College, CUNY, Duke, Williams, University of Rochester, Loyola Marymount, UC Berkeley, UT El Paso, Harvard, Washington University in St. Louis

The fellows join a 20-year community of fellows with 620 past recipients including former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Olympic gymnast and doctor Amy Chow, computational biologist and Time person of the year 2015 Pardis Sabet (Ebola Fighters), US Ambassador to Uruguay Julissa Reynoso, and several award-winning poets, filmmakers, musicians and business entrepreneurs.

The new application is available and due by November 2019. The newly-expanded eligibility criteria has been broadened to include any immigrant, regardless of their immigration status, who has graduated high school and college in the United States. This includes undocumented immigrants who lack DACA protections (DACA recipients have been eligible since 2014). Applicants with refugee and asylum status will no longer have to wait to receive their green cards to apply. Thanks to the Soros alum and board of trustees for their expanding the criteria in this way!

- MHC (PD Soros Fellow, Class of 2001)

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