Thirty Outstanding New Americans Each Awarded $90,000 Toward Their Graduate School Studies in US By Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program announces 2015 Fellows;
Awards $2.7 million to support immigrants and the children of immigrants
NEW YORK - Today, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, the premier graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants, announced their 2015 recipients. The thirty recipients, called "Fellows", were selected for their potential to make significant contributions to US society, culture, or their academic field, and were selected from a pool of 1,200 applicants.
"I admire the Fellows' ambition, accomplishments and work ethic," said Daisy M. Soros, who co-founded the Fellowship program in 1997 with her late husband, Paul Soros (1926-2013). "They underscore the importance of New Americans to this country." The couple, Hungarian immigrants, contributed $75 million to the organization's charitable trust.
In addition to receiving up to $90,000 in funding for the graduate program of their choice, each new Fellow will join the prestigious community of recipients from past years, which includes US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, leading Ebola researcher Pardis Sabeti, Oscar health insurance co-founder Kevin Nazemi and over 500 other New American leaders.
"It is extraordinary to see all that these Fellows have already accomplished," said Craig Harwood, who directs the Fellowship program. "Whether they are in the sciences, music, medicine, law or education, it is clear that this group of individuals will have a tremendous impact on their respective fields, and on life in this country."
The 2015 class of Fellows includes researchers, mathematicians, writers, scientists, translators, musicians, entrepreneurs and future doctors and lawyers, as well as the first-ever Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow in the field of nursing. They hail from China, Vietnam, Iran, Nigeria, Somalia, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Albania, Ukraine, Morocco, El Salvador, Mexico, Colombia, Libya, Poland, Russia, Peru, Israel, Oman, Brazil and the United States.
The 2015 cohort of Fellows is extremely diverse in terms of family heritage, field of study and New American status:
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2016 Application Now Open
Individuals can learn more about the Fellowship, the current Fellows and the application, as well as sign up for the Fellowship's e-mail list, and an informational session webinar, at the program's website: www.pdsoros.org. The 2016 application is now open, and is due on November 1, 2015 at 11:59 EST.
Selection criteria focuses on accomplishments that show creativity, originality, and initiative in light of the challenges and opportunities that have been part of the applicant's immigration experience. The application is open to college seniors, students in the early stages of their graduate career, and those in the workforce who are seeking graduate training.
Full List of 2015 Fellows
Name, heritage, degree sought and university