Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Multiple Locations,
United States
Term: Academic Year

Supports two years of graduate study in any field for exceptional new Americans

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished new Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. Up to thirty fellowships are awarded each year. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study in the U.S., in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program.

Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support, as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years.

Candidates must be new Americans, i.e. permanent residents or naturalized citizens of the U.S. if born abroad or children of naturalized citizens if born in the U.S. Candidates must be under 31 years of age at the time of application and current college seniors or recent graduates. Students already enrolled in a graduate program are eligible provided they are not beyond their second year of study. The first year of Fellowship funding cannot be deferred.

The program uses three primary selection criteria to evaluate candidates:

  • demonstrated creativity, originality, and initiative in one or more aspects of their lives;
  • demonstrated commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort; and
  • demonstrated commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Candidates must excel in at least the first two of these categories.In addition, the program also considers candidates’ promise for continued significant contributions to society and the relevance of their proposed graduate training to their long-term career goals.

2020 Upcoming Information Webinars

The Soros Fellowship will be offering a series of informational webinars in July and August 2020. Each webinar will focus on applicants in different disciplines or with specific backgrounds and past recipients from the Fellowship will be on each webinar to share their own experiences with the audience.

The list of webinars is below. Registration is required.

  • Applicants in Architecture, Writing, Arts, & Music - July 8 at 3 pm ET - Register here
  • Re-Applicants - July 9 at 1 pm ET - Register here
  • Applicants in Policy & Law - July 14 at 11 am ET - Register here
  • Community College Graduates - July 16 at 8 pm ET - Register here
  • Veterans & Active Military - July 21 at 12 pm ET - Register here
  • Undocumented & DACA Recipient Applicants, Co-Hosted with My Undocumented Life - July 25 at 1 pm ET - Register here
  • Applicants going into MBAs - July 29 at 10 am ET - Register here
  • Applicants Pursuing PhDs in the Humanities & Social Sciences - August 4 at 3 pm ET - Register here
  • Applicants Pursuing Medicine and/or Biomedical Sciences - August 5 at 1 pm ET - Register here
  • Applicants in STEM - August 13 at 1 pm ET - Register here

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia Alumna/us, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Senior, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
Postgraduate Degree-Seeking
Multiple Locations,
United States
North America
Academic Year

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Application closes at 2 pm ET on the deadline provided.