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.

Selection Criteria

The program uses three primary selection criteria to evaluate candidates:

  • Demonstrated creativity, originality and initiative in one or more aspects of her/his life;
  • Demonstrated a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort;
  • Demonstrated a commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This would include, but not be limited to, support of human rights and the rule of law, opposition to unwarranted encroachment on personal liberty, and advancing the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society.

In addition, the program considers two further criteria:

  • The candidate gives promise of continued significant contributions. Those contributions are likely to reflect distinctive creativity, originality and initiative and will mark the candidate as a leading and influential figure within her/his fields of endeavor.
  • The candidate's graduate training is relevant to her/his long-term career goals and is of potential value in enhancing her/his future creativity and accomplishment.

Further information on Soros Fellowship selection criteria can be found here.

2021 Information Webinars

The Soros Fellowship will be offering a series of informational webinars throughout 2021. Each webinar will focus on applicants in different disciplines or with specific backgrounds, and past Soros Fellowship recipients will be on each webinar to share their own experiences with the audience.

URF strongly encourages all applicants to attend an information session prior to applying.

The list of webinars is available on Soros website.

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 28, 2021
Application closes at 2 pm ET on the deadline provided.