The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Samvid Scholars

Apply through Independent Application Process

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A scholarship for future leaders and changemakers, Samvid Scholars was established in 2021 by Samvid Ventures to invest in the graduate education of future leaders who are committed to effecting positive change in society.

  • Samvid Scholars will empower future leaders and changemakers by providing financial support for graduate study as well as leadership training
  • Scholars receive up to $50K for tuition and fees each year for two years of study in a graduate program
  • Scholars will receive two years of leadership development programming to support them to continue to fulfill their extraordinary potential. All Scholars will have access to robust ongoing programming and will be part of an alumni community of mentorship, collaboration, and lifelong relationship


An eligible candidate will:

  • Pursue a full-time graduate program of two years or longer at a university in the United States, in one of the following eligible programs:
    • MD
    • MBA
    • JD
    • MPP/MPA
    • MPH
    • MS/MA in the social sciences or STEM
  • Be a first-year graduate student in the academic year following the application period
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5
  • Be a U.S. citizen or DACA recipient
  • Maintain academic good standing in order to remain eligible for the second year of the scholarship

A Master’s/PhD program would be eligible as long as the Master’s degree portion of the program will require at least two years and is in the social sciences or STEM.

Selection Criteria

A selection committee will evaluate candidates based on:

  • Academic excellence: You have an excellent academic record, reflecting your critical thinking ability, your drive, and your interest in your academic field
  • Leadership: You have an outstanding track record of leading efforts that deliver results. When you see problems, you not only seek to understand them, you take action to drive change. You also have a leader’s mindset; you are optimistic, self-reliant, and strive to learn from and inspire those with whom you work
  • Service focus: You are committed to driving change for society through your leadership; you are focused on the impact of your achievements principally on others
  • Determination: You have worked steadfastly over the long term to make impact on the issues and/or communities which matter to you, even in the face of setbacks

Application Procedure

Apply online through the Samvid Scholars website. Finalists will be contacted for a virtual interview with the selection committee. The application opens in early spring, and the deadline is in the late spring. This is usually from February to April. Finalists are notified in early/mid-May.