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Fellowships for Undocumented Students

Welcome to the BYU Dreamer Fellowship Database

Fellowships in this database are sorted in alphabetical order. Where possible, if an application has closed, the date for when the sponsoring organization will resume accepting applications will be listed. Fellowships will be updated and verified regularly.

Carefully review any listed fellowships for additional eligibility requirements.

  • Deadline: May 1, 2022
    Open to: Undocumented students with or without DACA
    Requirements: The Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR) awards its Byron Hanke Fellowship to selected graduate students to implement research projects related to the development, management, and governance of common interest communities and their community associations. Students from any relevant discipline may apply for the Hanke Fellowship, provided their research project relates to community associations and/or common interest communities.
    Applicants must:

    • Be enrolled, at time of application and through the research period, in a graduate-level program (masters, doctoral, legal) at an accredited higher education institution in the United States or Canada.

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  • Deadline: Not listed
    Open to: Undocumented students with or without DACA
    Requirements: FirstGEN, is a paid summer program for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college and who intend to pursue careers in social justice. Our mission is to identify and support first generation college students as they emerge into tomorrow’s social justice leaders. Fellows receive hands-on civil rights experience, participate in weekly advocacy training and professional development seminars, and join a growing community of emerging leaders in the FirstGEN Alumni Network.
    Applicants must:
    • email for more information
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  • Deadline: Not currently listed
    Applications for 2022-2023 Academic Year: Open September 7, 2021
    Open to: Undocumented students with DACA
    Requirements: Through its Fellowship Programs, 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 are awarded to individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in the U.S.
    Applicants must:

    • Provide evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors, or other designations).
    • Be enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based (dissertation-required) program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education no later than Fall 2022.
    • Require a minimum of three years of study to complete their Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree as of the 2022 fall semester.
    • Have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

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  • Deadline: Application for 2023 Fellowship opens in mid-April of 2022
    Open to: Undocumented students with or without DACA
    Requirements: The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, we invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture, or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows.
    Applicants must:

    • Have birth parents who have both been born outside of the U.S. as non-citizens, and who were not eligible for U.S. citizenship at the time of their births.
    • Be the child of two immigrants. If you were born abroad then you must be a naturalized U.S. citizen, possess a valid green card, have been granted refugee or asylee status in the U.S., or have graduated from both high school and college in the United States.
    • Be planning to be enrolled full time in an eligible, accredited, professional, or graduate degree program at a U.S. university for the full 2022-23 academic year.
    • Not have begun the third year of the program you are seeking funding for as of the October 28, 2021 deadline.
    • Not have reached or passed your 31st birthday as of the application deadline. There is no minimum age requirement.

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  • Deadline: Applications for Summer of 2023 will open in November 2022.
    Digital info sessions are available in November. Link found on fellowship website.
    Open to: Students with DACA
    Requirements: The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech. The WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally and financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.
    Applicants must:

    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors.

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