Soros Fellowship

Purpose: To provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their families. The Fellowships are granted for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. 

Funding and Eligibility

A New American is an individual who:

  • is a Resident alien; i.e., holds a Green Card (must have had more than one year of IRS filings) or,
  • has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen, or
  • is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens.

The application and selection process will take place in the late fall and winter, and Fellows will be expected to begin their graduate study no later than the following September.

Application/Nomination Process:

  1. Application
  2. Two essays on specified topics
  3. An institutional status form on present degree program
  4. Two letters of recommendation (one from faculty member; one from someone familiar with your performance in a work-setting - paid or volunteer)
  5. Transcript
  6. Documentary evidence that the applicant meets the New American definition (see above)


For deadline and further information, see Official website