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The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans (Annual)


Application Opens: N/A

Application Deadline:  October 29th 2020

 This is a merit-based graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants who are 30 or younger as of the application deadline. Every year the program selects 30 Fellows, each of whom receives up to $90,000 over one to two years for full-time graduate study in any discipline or profession at a US graduate institution. Fellows also join an extraordinary community of past recipients that includes over 550 New Americans working at the tops of their respective fields. If born abroad, an applicant must be a naturalized citizen, a green card holder, or a DACA recipient. If born in the United States, an applicant’s parents must have been born abroad as non-US citizens. Applicants must be applying to graduate school or in the first two years of their graduate program as of the application deadline. More information and the online application can be found at www.pdsoros.org

The Ford Foundation Fellowship  (annual)


Application Opens: Sept. 8th 2020

Application Deadlines:  Dissertation/Postdoc Fellow (Dec. 10th 2020); Predoc Fellow (Dec. 17th 2020) 

Opportunity Description

Through its program of fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.

Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to:

  • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card); individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program; Indigenous individuals exercising rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794; political asylees; and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation;
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations); and
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in the U.S.

For more information:  https://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/index.htm

American Chemical Society Scholars Program (Annual)

Application Opens: Nov. 1st

Application Deadline:  March 1st 

This is a renewable scholarship that awards between $1000 and $5000per year for students meeting the criteria below.  Please forward to folks in chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, biochemistry, materials science, and chemistry departments. Full list of acceptable majors is on our website www.acs.org/scholars.

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident (application in progress ok)
  • Attending or planning to attend an accredited 2- or 4-year U.S. institution for their undergraduate degree
  • African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, and/or American Indian ethnicity
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Majoring in a chemical science and planning a career in the same (pre-med, pre-nursing, pre-pharmacy are not eligible)
  • Open to high school seniors, college freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors (attending for a 5th year or second bachelor’s degree)

To apply:

  1. Complete the online application at www.acs.org/scholars
  2. Submit Student Aid Report via email to scholars@acs.org
  3. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to scholars@acs.org
  4. Arrange for official transcripts to be sent to scholars@acs.org or to our mailing address.

More information and the application can be found at our website (www.acs.org/scholars).