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Trace Foundation

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Last Updated: 2016-07-28

At A Glance

Trace Foundation

132 Perry St., Ste. 2B

New York City, NY United States 10014-2703

Telephone: (212) 367-7380

URL: www.trace.org

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business; Politics

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $2,350,878

Total giving: $1,266,029

EIN

137008868

BRIDGE Number

1434046266

Background

Established in 1993 in NY - Founded by Andrea Soros and George Soros. Mr. Soros is an investor and philanthropist. Mr. Soros is the founder and Chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC and the co-founder of the Quantum Fund, one of the first hedge funds. He also founded and is Chairman of The Open Society Foundations, an umbrella name for a family of offices and foundations located throughout the world, of which The Open Society Institute is a part. Among the many books he authored or co-authored are "The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What It Means," "The Bubble of American Supremacy: Correcting the Misuse of American Power" and "The Soros Lectures at the Central European University." Trace Foundation was born in 1993 out of the experiences of Andrea E Soros on the Tibetan Plateau as a tourist and English teacher. It began as a small organization, awarding grants to individuals, institutions and organizations undertaking projects which furthered the mission of the Foundation: to support the continuity of Tibetan culture and language, and develop the ability of Tibetan communities within China to meet their own needs. In its first decade of operation Trace awarded over three hundred grants in a variety of sectors and regional locations for a total investment of nearly $14 million. The foundation's first direct intervention in Tibetan areas occurred in the winter of 1995, in response to a call for international aid after a massive winter storm carrying heavy snowfall and extreme temperatures devastated parts of western Sichuan Province. In the following years, it established its presence across the region, working to deepen understanding of contemporary life on the plateau, promote Tibetan culture, and empower Tibetan communities from Tsang to Amdo. Today, Trace Foundation continues to support projects across the Tibetan Plateau. Focusing on the unique needs of these diverse communities, it's expanding access to education, raising the standard of living, and ensuring the continuation of Tibetan culture.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation supports the continuity, development, and vitality of Tibetan communities. It works to better people's lives and reinforce the uniqueness of Tibetan culture, language, and places. .

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

English Training Bridging Scholarship

This grant provides support to individuals who have recently taken, but failed to pass, their Ph.D. entrance examinations due to problems with English proficiency. The stipend for the one-year domestic scholarship with about 10 quotas per year is offered for a maximum amount of 10,000 RMB. .

Grants to Individuals Program

Scholarships for individuals pursuing graduate studies in China. Fellowship to individuals with at least a bachelor's degree, and three years work experience in their chosen field.

Postgraduate Bridging Scholarships

This grant provides support for individuals who have taken graduate entrance exams but have failed to be accepted to a graduate program due to a weakness or deficiency in one subject area. The stipend is for up to one year of intensive booster courses, and the individual awards will vary, but will not exceed 10,000 RMB. Applications will be considered from individuals who are graduating from undergraduate programs in the current year, or who have graduated within the past two years. Applicants must provide their scores from their most recent attempt at the graduate entrance exams as soon as they are available. Applicants should specify which subject they need additional training in, and should demonstrate strong performance in all other areas of the graduate exams, particularly in their chosen field of study. Strong preference will be given to those individuals who can demonstrate high levels of Tibetan language proficiency, and to those who are proposing future postgraduate study in fields related to Tibetan medium education. Up to five scholarships in this category will be awarded per year.

Postgraduate Direct Scholarships

This grant provides support to individuals for postgraduate degree studies in the PRC. The stipend for this award is divided into three brackets and offered up to three years. The amount of individual awards will vary, but generally not exceed 8,000RMB per year. Applications will be considered from individuals who are graduating from undergraduate programs in the current year, or who have graduated within the past two years. Applicants should have already taken the graduate entrance exams and be able to provide information about their admission status, including information where their overall score is ranked in the admissions list for their chosen program. Strong preference will be given to those individuals who can demonstrate high levels of Tibetan language proficiency, and who are proposing future postgraduate study in fields related to Tibetan medium education sector and can contribute to its development as their future career directions.

Research Fellowship

This grant is open to professionals, scholars, and artists with the goal of supporting the advancement of knowledge in the fields of social sciences, humanities, and the sciences. Candidates should possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree, three years work experience in their chosen field and/or evidence of publications in the chosen field, a high motivation for contributing knowledge and work to Tibetan communities and culture, and proficient language and research skills to enable original and high-quality research work. Awards will be made for up to 12 months in duration for research conducted within China or abroad, or a combination of both. The stipend for the award will cover the cost of travel, medical/evacuation insurance, certain research activity expenses, and a living stipend for the research period. Research topics must be relevant to the fellowship goal and include: development models, educations systems, minority language issues, modernization versus traditional knowledge, socio-economic studies, tourism, Tibetan medical knowledge, animal husbandry and agricultural policies.

Fields of Interest

Subjects
  • Arts and culture
  • Community and economic development
  • Cultural awareness
  • Education
  • Film and video
  • International development
  • Libraries
  • Philanthropy
  • Traditional knowledge
  • Visual arts
International Interests
  • China
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $2,350,878 (market value)

Gifts received: $4,824,910

Expenditures: $3,857,197

Total giving: $1,266,029

Qualifying distributions: $3,541,744

Giving activities include:

$1,266,029 for grants