2016 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

April 12, 2016 Karen Popp FellowshipsNon-US Citizen Opportunities

From the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans:

I’m thrilled to announce our brand new 2016 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows, who are all immigrants and children of immigrants pursuing graduate school in the United States. They will each receive up to $90,000 from our Fellowship, and they will join a community of New Americans that includes US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. In addition to announcing our new class, we have also launched our 2017 application.

At a time when immigration is so fiercely contested, I hope you will join me in congratulating and sharing this fantastic news! We’ve taken out a full-page ad in today’s New York Times to spread the word about our Fellows and our message—we are a nation of immigrants and we must honor and celebrate the contributions of continuing generations of  New Americans. Please help us reach potential applicants, advisors and professors at your institution by tweeting(@PDSoros, #PDSoros), sharing our announcement post on Facebook or LinkedIn, or forwarding along this e-mail.

Their stories inspire us. Here are just a few: Goran Micevic, who grew up in war-torn Yugoslavia, was wrongly arrested and held by secret police at the age of 12, and moved to the United States to attend Iowa State University. He is now a National Cancer Institute Fellow and MD/PhD student at Yale University. Jenna Nicholas, whose parents are of Middle Eastern and European descent, is studying business at Stanford and is the founder and CEO of an impact investment firm. Denisse Rojas Marquez, the first undocumented student to attend Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, was born in Mexico City and co-founded a Pre-Health Dreamers organization for undocumented students.Akash Patel, who came to the US at the age of two with his family and lived undocumented for 16 years, graduated from the University of Oklahoma and will begin his law degree at the University of Michigan this fall.

Zihao Jiang’s father, who lived in poverty while working as a school teacher during the Cultural Revolution in China, could have only dreamed that his son would reach the highest levels of the United States university system. Zihao is now performing research at the Large Hadron collider at CERN as a PhD student at Stanford. Shadi Gaheri, who was one of the first women to direct campus theater at her university in Tehran, came to the United States at the age of 23 to pursue a career as a theater director; she is now at the Yale School of Drama. Suan Lian Tuang, who was born in Burma and immigrated to the US at the age 16, is pursuing an MD/PhD in chemistry at Harvard and MIT.

You can find all of our Fellows at www.pdsoros.org. Our new website allows you to filter by class year, institution, heritage etc.

A reminder, the application for next year’s class is LIVE! We recommend that applicants register, familiarize themselves with the application and ask for recommendations as soon as possible, so that they give themselves, and their recommenders plenty of time ahead of the November 1, 2016 11:59 pm EST deadline. Potential applicants and advisors can register here for an online webinar to learn more about the Fellowship and the application, as well as ask our staff any questions about their eligibility.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Many thanks — Yulian

Yulian Ramos

Deputy Director

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

224 West 57th Street

New York, NY 10019

telephone: 212-547-6926

e-mail: yramos@pdsoros.org

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