Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, established their fellowship program for New Americans to "give back" to the country that had afforded them and their children such great opportunities and felt a fellowship program was an appropriate vehicle. They also felt that assisting young New Americans at critical points in their educations was an unmet need. Finally, they wished to call attention of all Americans to the extensive and diverse contributions of New Americans to the quality of life in this country.

The program of fellowships they shaped has the following characteristics:

  • It honors and supports the graduate educations of 30 New Americans – permanent residents or naturalized citizens if born abroad; otherwise children of naturalized citizen parents -- each year.
  • At the time of their selection, fellows must be college seniors or early in the graduate programs for which they request support.
  • Each fellow receives tuition and living expenses that can total as much as $90,000 over two academic years.
  • Fellows can study in any degree-granting program in any field at any university in the United States.
  • Fellows are selected on the basis of merit – the specific criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative and sustained accomplishment -- in annual national competitions.  Candidates apply directly.  The program does not depend on recommendations from universities or regional screening.   Neither financial need nor distributive considerations are taken into account in the selection process.
  • Each fellows attends two weekend conferences of fellows. The great majority continue to be involved with the program through regional dinners, service in the selection process for later classes, etc.   

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Fellowship, you must meet the following requirements:

1. NEW AMERICAN STATUS​

2. ACADEMIC STANDING

3. AGE

Detailed eligibility requirements are available on the Soros Eligibility page

Period of Study

Each fellow can expect to receive funding and support for two years of a master's degree. 

Award

Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years.

Application

The application includes the following sections:

  • A confirmation of your eligibility
  • Your personal and contact information
  • Your higher-education history
  • The graduate program[s] for which you seek support
  • Recommendations (3 required, up to 5 accepted)
  • Required submissions: Resume, two essays, transcripts (college, graduate), scores of standardized tests (if they are or were required for admission to your graduate program)
  • Optional exhibits

Detailed information and the online application are available on the Soros Application website

Deadline(s)

The application for the 2019 Fellowships is available April 17 through November 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm Eastern Time (ET). Keep in mind that all applications will be reviewed after November 1, 2018. All eligibility requirements apply to the status of the applicant as of November 1, 2018.

Additional information is available on the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans website

Details

Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate
  • Graduate

Discipline

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple

Language

  • English

Duration

  • Yearlong
  • Other

Program Type

  • Graduate Study
  • Tuition Aid

Region

  • North America
  • DC

GWU Sponsored?

No

GWU Endorsement Required?

No