Soros Fellowship for New Americans (Deadline Nov 30th)
What: The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Who: Graduate student who (1) is a resident alien; i.e., holds a Green
Card (2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen or (3) is the child of
two parents who are both naturalized citizens. (Only open to seniors in
college and 1st and 2nd year graduate students.)
What: Each year (max of 2yrs) the Fellow receives a maintenance grant
of $20,000 (paid in two installments) and a tuition grant of one-half
the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program attended by the Fellow.
When: Deadline for application is Nov 30, 2002.
Where: http://www.pdsoros.org/application.html (it has all the details
plus the application; go to the website to see if you fit the requirements)
So, now that I have given you the facts, I want to highly encourage
all of you who meet the eligibility requirements to apply. This is an
amazing grant that could really help take a chunk out of your student debt.
The fellows are awesome people, and the conference once a year in New
York is really fun. There are recommendations needed, so you should get
the process moving now.
My advice (take it or leave it), as a former fellow: I would recommend
not falling into the trap of trying to sell yourself as a "do-gooder" if
that is not really what you are passionate about and good at. I think
this is a common pitfall. The Soros people very much respect excellence
in any endeavor, including making money. If you are good at that, for
example, emphasize that and be explicit about what your long-term goals
are. They just want you to be very good at what you do, whatever that
may be, and want to know that you have lofty, sincere goals that you
have demonstrated are realistic - or perhaps imaginable - for you given
the work you have already done. And please, please do not be
intimidated by the biographies of the fellows online - I promise you
that when you become a fellow you will be impressed with your own bios
(they have amazing writers crafting the website)! And, do not be
discouraged by the fact that many of the fellows are from Stanford,
Harvard, Princeton, Yale...they are actively trying to diversify the
group. I guess these just happen to be the people who know about the
fellowship and apply.